The United States Mint has released some preliminary details on the special numismatic products to be offered this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Half Dollar. The expected gold proof version of the coin will be joined by a four coin set of half dollars struck in silver and a two coin set struck in copper nickel clad composition. All of these coins will feature the original high relief portrait sculpt executed by Gilroy Roberts.
Collectors have been tantalized with the prospect of special issues for the series since last year when a survey distributed to customers mentioned a range of potential products, which included various combinations of mint marks, finishes, and compositions. Earlier this year, images of two different versions of the half dollar struck in 24 karat gold were provided to the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee for discussion, adding a more upscale offering to the array.
With the announced products, the US Mint is covering all the bases, with what will likely be a low priced clad offering, a multi-coin set silver offering, and a higher end gold coin offering.
The announced products include the following:
Four Coin Silver Set – This product will contain four half dollars struck in 90% silver with the higher relief sculpt obverse portrait. The coins will include a proof version struck at the Philadelphia Mint, a reverse proof version struck at the West Point Mint, an enhanced uncirculated version struck at the San Francisco Mint, and an uncirculated version struck at the Denver Mint. The coins will carry the 2014 date and bear the P, W, S, and D mint marks.
Two Coin Clad Set – This product will contain two half dollars struck in their standard copper-nickel clad composition. As opposed to the circulating quality and uncirculated Kennedy Half Dollars already released, these coins will feature the higher relief sculpt obverse portrait. The coins will be struck at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints, bearing the 2014 date, and P and D mint marks.
Individual Gold Proof – A special dual dated 1964-2014 Kennedy Half Dollar will be struck in a composition of 24 karat gold, containing roughly three-quarters of an ounce of gold. This coin will feature the higher relief obverse sculpt and carry the W mint mark.
A release date of July 24, 2014 has been provided for the two coin clad set. Release dates for the other products have not yet been provided, however the US Mint has indicated that the two coin set and individual gold proof will be offered at the Mint’s booth at the ANA World’s Fair of Money held in Rosemont, Illinois from August 5-9, 2014.
The US Mint has not provided maximum mintage levels or pricing information on the offerings. In recent years, the US Mint has moved away from maximum mintage levels for these types of special offerings and used a four week ordering window with the mintage determined by orders placed during the eligible period.