2015 Kennedy Half Dollars Feature Original Portrait Design

Last year the United States Mint restored the original obverse portrait design of the Kennedy Half Dollar for use on the coins to be included within special 50th anniversary products. This year, the Mint will be using the original portrait design across all 2015-dated Kennedy Half Dollars.

This week, I received one of the 2015 Happy Birthday Sets offered by the Mint starting on January 13 and can confirm that the included 2015 Kennedy Half Dollar features the original portrait design. Along with the 2015 Birth Set, this represents the first release of the coin.

Happy Birthday Set

Shown below is close up scan of the 2015 Proof Kennedy Half Dollar included in my set. The US Mint has also posted coin images of the proof and uncirculated 2015-dated half dollars on their website showing the restoration of the original obverse design. Separately, Coin World has an article confirming that the restored design will be used across all products including the proof, silver proof, uncirculated, and circulating quality versions.


This is the third denomination which has seen the obverse reverted to the original design after years of small changes had compounded to transform the portraits.

Restored Lincoln Portrait

In 2010, Victor D. Brenner’s original obverse portrait for the Lincoln Cent was restored. This coincided with the adoption of the new reverse design featuring the Union Shield.

Restored Washington Portrait

Also in 2010, John Flanagan’s original obverse portrait for the Washington Quarter was restored. This coincided with the launch of the new America the Beautiful Quarters Program with a series of rotating reverse designs depicting national parks and sites.

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  1. fmtransmitter says

    Jumped into the First Spouse Bronze coin set again and NOW it says “Out of stock”, then Learn More…Click on Learn more and it says this product is out of stock, it may or may not be available for sale again. WOW!! This is crazy this new company. I mean, what the heck is going on at the Mint. It is like they are all scratching their heads over there. Maybe we should have the US Mint and the US Collector Mint, two separate entities so the one that makes the circulating coinage can do their jobs and whatever else and then the one that is made to make money and provide the Numismatists their collectibles…

  2. Tinto says


    For me the Mint dropped any pretense of catering to collectors when they did not mint the 2009 proof ASE because they were so busy making the bullion version for the big Authorized Buyers (bringing in big bucks) …. thank goodness I do not collect them regularly (only the RP, EU ) or I would be staring at that hole in my collection forever …

    I’d guess even their minting of collector coins is for the benefit of the big boys .who can throw the biggest amount of bucks … IMO

  3. fmtransmitter says

    What’s up with the tv guy getting 2,000 EU C & C’s while folks sit around with confirmed orders and credit card charges?

  4. fmtransmitter says

    It really is funny/sad to watch the tv shows pushing LABELS, it is like getting so bad when they talk about how the mint sold a record number of SE’s last year so you should buy this one because it has this special label; that is exclusive to us. ANY coin with a mintage of 40 million, or ANY collectible for that matter, doesn’t have a chance in heck to reach a higher value with mintage’s like that…If anyone can mention something that has been made 40 million times, anything, that went up in value, please chime in…And I am sure there is SOMETHING out there, just having a major brain fart about what it could be…

  5. VA Bob says

    2cents – I’m curious if they are going to do anything for the 10 year anniversary of the Buffalo. Perhaps they should have held the RP for this year. Of course doing that now would be underwhelming. An origins set would be nice containing 2015 dated buffalo nickel, silver dollar, and the gold proof. That pipe dream.

  6. Tinto says


    “Whatโ€™s up with the tv guy getting 2,000 EU C & Cโ€™s while folks sit around with confirmed orders and credit card charges?”

    The US Mint …. catering to collectors (puke) … amazing (to me)that they had no HH order limit (The Mint should say simply Order Limit as that seems more appropriate since the word “household” somehow brings to mind an individual person or maybe a family placing an order whereas any entity (like dealers, bid business, etc) can place an order so hey US Mint call a spade a spade and stop hiding behind cute little marketing words) on a 50k low priced item. It almost seems like they wanted to get this out of their hair ASAP….

    Quite glad I decided to throttle back buying products from the Mint ….

  7. says

    @VA Bob, That would be nice. Your idea of the multiples set would be awesome! And maybe bring back the fractional coins too.

  8. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    GF – thanks for sharing, always enjoy insightful perspectives. And I could only hope to be as wise and savvy as some of you all out here.., but I’m trying, hope to catch up soon!
    I realize I may go into overkill mode with some of thoughts, though my real problem is that too much of this stuff strikes my fancy, so I’m finding that I have find a means to separate the wheat from the chaff as this hobby gets ever more expensive! Though thanks again

  9. CasualCollector says

    Regarding the HSN Guy — he says he had to buy the Sac EU C&C on the secondary market at premiums over issue price. So in his case I don’t think he bought thousands from the Mint directly. But maybe the other TV Guys were somehow able to buy them directly from the Mint (even after they imposed the 5 per household limit). Sounds like shenanigans to me.

    I’m still waiting to see the following pop up on eBay
    1) the NGC SP70 Kennedy Clad(s)
    2) the ANACS Sac C&C missing the edge lettering

  10. Ends in Error says

    Is it possible the new Mint shippers are demanding a constant new flow of product and services to keep their people employed? Sure seems that way. How long before they start selling Redbooks, Coin Albums ( oops they already are ) and ATB Quarters Coin Spoons?

    Hey maybe hook up with Princess Cruise Lines and do numisthemed ” Coin Cruises” ?

    And get up with Ford Motor Company and do a limited VDB Edition Lincoln ?

  11. cagcrisp says

    @GoldFishin, Bought USO pre-market Today. I’m not as bullish on oil as I am ISIS doing something in Saudi Arabia. If I was ISIS, with what has happened in Yemen, I would test the new ruler of Saudi Arabia. More of a play on ISIS than oil.

    IF you are interested, I would NOT buy USO in a taxable account. Only a Roth or traditional IRA.

    How does this have anything to do with MNB? The only way I have Any money for Gold and Silver purchases is buy trading stocks/gambling…

  12. Brad says


    Yeah, now it seems pretty much like the Mint only calls items “sold out” that are pulled from sale at a specific time, like the “last chance” items. However, I honestly don’t believe that ANY of the items currently marked “out of stock” will ever be offered for sale again. They are in fact sold out, but the Mint just won’t say so. I liked the old way much better. Who knows how many months the Mint will leave those items on the website, giving false hope to anyone who might be interested?

  13. Brad says

    I don’t know if anyone mentioned it or not, but it seems the Mint has taken away the ability to get a remaining count on items in stock from the main item pages. It will only add “1” of any item to your “bag” on the product page now, regardless of the number you actually type in the box. You then have to view your bag and change the quantity to 99 from that page. However, if you exceed the number available it doesn’t tell you how many of the product remains. You have to keep guessing until you hit a number that it will accept.

  14. says

    Gary not Dave,

    That’s easy enough, I wasn’t really following the comments on the blog at the time (holiday stuff was distracting me) and didn’t discover it was anything special in the “first wave.” When the mint put the second batch up for sale, though, I dove right in and scooped one up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Ralph says

    MikeinPA: Crazy up here in NH also. Went shopping yesterday and OMG it was a mad house! Bet my shipment from MCM gets a little delayed.

    Brad: I noticed that yesterday. They’re on to us!!

  16. Ends in Error says

    Only 37 – 2013 Edith Roosevelt Proof First Spouse Gold coins are left on the US Mint website for ordering. Get one soon , if you want one, before they are gone .

  17. Bernie in FL says

    Yesterday I bought my LAST First Spouse PCGS PR70 (Margaret Taylor) from Great Collection’s to finish my PCGS PR70 Collection of them ALL up till 2014!!!! Yaaaaaaaaaa………

    Now to figure how in the Hell I am going to Pay for this one ๐Ÿ™‚

    7 years of Collecting this “Love-Hate Set” and Only a few to go. Then I have No Idea what the Heck I will do with the Set. Any Ideas? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Go ahead blast me with ideas. I’m a Big Boy ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Bernie in FL says

    @ Douggie

    Yes. It was a First Strike PCGS PR70 First Spouse. All my First Spouse’s are PR70 First Strikes. In 7 years the only First Spouse (Margaret Taylor) was graded as a PR69. So I had to go look and find it in First Strike PCGS PR70. 3 years of searching and finally found it. Cost an Arm and a Leg, literally!!!!!!

    OK, to all you label Haters. Go ahead and Blast me too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. VaBeachEd says

    VA Bob says
    JANUARY 25, 2015 AT 6:15 PM

    “2cents โ€“ Iโ€™m curious if they are going to do anything for the 10 year anniversary of the Buffalo. Perhaps they should have held the RP for this year. Of course doing that now would be underwhelming. An origins set would be nice containing 2015 dated buffalo nickel, silver dollar, and the gold proof. That pipe dream.”

    I would like to see a 4 coin Buffalo gold set like in 2008, but I think they will wait untill next year to do (if they do) a 10 year anniversary set like the 25th Anniversary ASE Set in 2011, not 2010.

  20. VaBeachEd says

    Gary not Dave says
    JANUARY 26, 2015 AT 7:51 AM

    How did anyone on this blog not get in on the CC Set early?

    I was at my farm and when I got back home and read the blog, I was only able to order 5 from the mint, but I also bought a mint sealed box of 10 on ebay for $270.00 ($27.00 each). They are going close to $50 each now. If I had not been at the farm and read the blog, I would have ordered 100 from the mint and now wished it was 1,000. That close to the end of the year, I would not have worried about them, in another produce, that could have included them.

  21. CB says

    “Only 37 โ€“ 2013 Edith Roosevelt Proof First Spouse Gold coins are left on the US Mint website for ordering. Get one soon , if you want one, before they are gone.”

    Is there a link that shows how many of each item are left for ordering?

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