Today, May 15, 2012 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the 2012 Kennedy Half Dollars in bags and rolls. Since 2002, this denomination has not been produced for general circulation, but only distributed by the US Mint within various numismatic products.
The Mint will offer a 200-coin bag, containing 100 coins from the Philadelphia Mint and 100 coins from the Denver Mint. This are placed within a canvas bag sewn shut with an indication of the “P” and “D” mint marks, the date, “Kennedy Half Dollars”, and the face value of the coins.
Each bag is priced at $139.95. This represents an increase of $5 from the price charged for last year’s similar bags. Over the past two years, the price has increased by $9.
There will also be two-roll sets of the 2012 Kennedy Half Dollars available. The product consists of one 20-coin roll from the Philadelphia Mint and one 20-coin roll from the Denver Mint. These are packaged custom US Mint branded wrappers, which indicate the year, mint mark, face value, and issue.
Each two roll set is priced at $32.95. This represents a decrease of $2 from the prior year. Two years ago, the product was priced the same as this year’s offering.
For 11 years, the half dollar has been produced for collectors only. During this time, mintage levels have diminished, but seem to have stabilized around 1.7 to 1.8 million coins per year per mint facility.
2002-2012 Kennedy Half Dollar Mintages
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At the time of this post, the two roll sets of 2011 Kennedy Half Dollars still remain available for sale on the US Mint’s website. It is possible that sales will conclude to coincide with the start of sales for the current year products. Although there hasn’t been much consistency over the years for product sales ending dates, most recently the US Mint seems to be concluding sales of numismatic bags and rolls when sales of the current year product begins. In the case of denominations with multiple designs, this has been occurring when sales start for the design one year ahead in the schedule.