The United States Mint has just provided individual coin images for the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Silver Coin Collection. The set includes four 90% silver half dollars struck at different mint facilities and featuring different finishes. All coins carry the original 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar portrait designed by Gilroy Roberts.
The collection is scheduled for release on October 28, 2014 and will represent the first high volume new product release following the launch of the Mint’s new retail website and order management system on October 1.
Details of the release have been provided previously. The four coin collection will be priced at $99.95 and complete the trio of products issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Half Dollar. As with the prior two products, an initial ordering limit of five units per household will be imposed.
The first silver half dollar included in the collection is struck at the West Point Mint and carries a reverse proof finish. The raised design elements and inscriptions appear mirrored against a frosted background, providing the opposite appearance of the traditional proof.
The US Mint has previously used the reverse proof finish on American Gold, Silver, and Platinum Eagles issued within special sets.
The second silver half dollar in the collection is struck at the Philadelphia Mint and carries a traditional proof finish. Raised design elements and inscriptions appear frosted against a mirrored background.
This coin provides an interesting bookend to the series since the first proof coin of the series dated 1964 was struck in 90% silver at the Philadelphia Mint. Until now, all subsequent proof issues of the series had been struck at the San Francisco Mint.
The third silver half dollar in the collection is struck at the San Francisco Mint and carries an enhanced uncirculated finish. On the obverse, the portrait, lettering, and border will receive a heavy laser frosting treatment. On the reverse, the lettering and border will receive a heavy laser frosting treatment. The eagle will receive a moderate laser frosting treatment, and the stars will receive a laser polish technique to accentuate them against the field.
This will be only the second time that the Mint has used such a finish, following the first use within the 2013 West Point Silver Eagle Set.
The fourth and final silver half dollar included in the collection is struck at the Denver Mint and carries an uncirculated finish. The coin is struck in 90% silver, making it a different issue than the uncirculated copper-nickel clad 2014-D Kennedy Half Dollar included in the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set.
Packaging for the collection will consist of a a rich embossed faux leather folder with an image of John F. Kennedy from the half dollar and patriotic flag imagery. The US Mint logo appears on the front of the folder with the Department of Treasury seal on the back. A certificate of authenticity and booklet on the development and design of the Kennedy Half Dollar are also included.