A reader has reported finding a 90% silver 2012-S Kennedy Half Dollar within the United States Mint’s 2012 Birth Set.
The 2012 Birth Set went on sale at the US Mint on March 13, 2012. The product includes the 2012-S Proof Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, El Yunque National Park Quarter, and Kennedy Half Dollar. The coins are mounted in an illustrated display folder, designed as a keepsake for newborns. While it does not seem to be explicitly stated anywhere, the product is supposed to contain the standard copper-nickel clad composition dime, quarter, and half dollar.
The inclusion of the 90% silver version of the 2012-S Kennedy Half Dollar seems to be a mistake. Besides being a packaging error, it would also represent the accidental early release of this year’s silver proof half dollar. The coin is not anticipated to be released until June 4, 2012 within the 2012 Silver Proof Set.
The reader has been in the coin business for more than 20 years and identified the silver composition by the appearance of the coin, including the silver edge. (Copper nickel clad coins will show the copper core at the edge.) He also reported the weight of the coin as 13 grams, compared to a weight of 11 grams for the clad version.
An order placed on March 17 had all of the sets containing the silver proof halves. A subsequent order placed on March 19 contained a mix of some silver and some clad halves. One of the 90% silver halves is listed on eBay.
If any other readers have ordered the 2012 Birth Set and have it in hand, please take a close look and report any other finds within the comments.
As of the latest sales report published today, the US Mint has sold 7,173 of the Birth Sets.