Details continue to emerge for the United States Mint’s 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar products. Release dates have been provided for two of the three products, pricing for all three products is available, and a preliminary product page has been posted for the first product.
Preliminary details for the products were available last month. In addition to an individual proof gold coin, the Mint would also offer a two coin uncirculated set containing copper nickel clad coins and a four coin set containing 90% silver coins in four different finishes. The gold coin would carry a dual date of “1964-2014” and the remaining coins would carry the “2014” date. All products would include coins which replicate the portrait used on the original 1964 design.
Across all products, there will be an initial ordering limit of five per household. The US Mint indicates that the order limit will be re-evaluated as necessary over the period the products are available for sale. There have been no specific mintage limits indicated suggesting that the products may be minted to demand.
The first product available for release will be the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set, scheduled to go on sale July 24, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET. Each set contains two 2014-dated half dollars struck in the standard copper-nickel clad composition at the Philadelphia and Denver facilities. A preliminary product page has already been posted on the United States Mint’s website here.
The coins are packaged in an illustrated coin card and folder, which will contain information about the 50th anniversary of the coin design in addition to coin specifications and a certificate of authenticity.
The set carries the lowest price point of $9.95 per set.
A release date of August 5, 2014, 12:00 Noon ET has been provided for the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Gold Proof Coin. The coins will also be available for purchase at the ANA Chicago World’s Fair of Money starting on August 5.
Each coin will contain three-quarters of a troy ounce of .9999 fine, 24 karat gold. Packaging will consist of a custom designed, brown mahogany hardwood presentation case with a removable coin well. The coins will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
Pricing will be determined based on the US Mint’s flexible pricing mechanism used for gold and platinum numismatic coins. The initial price will be established based on the average weekly price of gold during the period leading up to release and may be adjusted weekly. A pricing chart for the coin is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register. According to the chart, for an average gold price in the $1,300 to $1,349.99 range, the coins would be priced at $1,277.50. For each $50 price range increment, prices move higher or lower by $37.50.
The third product will be the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Silver Coin Collection. Each collection will contain four 2014-dated half dollars struck in 90% silver. One reverse proof coin will be from the West Point Mint, one proof coin will be from Philadelphia, one enhanced uncirculated coin will be from San Francisco, and one uncirculated coin will be from Denver.
The coins will be packaged within an embossed leatherette-type folder which includes the image of President Kennedy from the coins. The capsules are removable from the folder, which can be displayed as trifold or stored in a protective outer sleeve. A booklet with information and images of the design of the 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar is included along with a certificate of authenticity.
Each set is priced at $99.95. At this point, the US Mint indicates that the set is scheduled for release in the fall of 2014.