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Collectible Kennedy Half Dollars

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Matte finish 1998-S is the key coin for the Kennedy Half Dollar series,
Proof Kennedy Half

The first Kennedy half dollars were struck in January 1964. This series was from the beginning and is now a popular and widely collected series.

Early proof strikes from 1964 depicted Kennedy with accented hair; an estimated 100,000 coins were struck with dies having this feature. The dies were quickly altered at the request of Jacqueline Kennedy and for the remainder of the mintage of nearly four million proof coins the hair is less accented.

A few 1966 halves from Special Mint Sets are known to exist with the designer’s initials “FG” missing from the reverse, apparently because of an overpolished die. This will likely be categorized in the future as a mint error.

1970 uncirculated half dollars were struck only at the Denver mint and were available solely in mint sets. With a mintage of 2.1 million, the 1970-D Kennedy half is considered the “key” coin in the series, although enough were produced to keep prices modest. To avoid hoarding and a potential shortage of the sets, the Mint announced—after ordering for the mint sets had closed–  that 1970 half dollars would not be struck for circulation

All coins minted in 1975 and 1976 for the United States Bicentennial bore the dates “1776-1976” and these proof issues have a 4 million maintage. All 1970 and 1987 coins were issued only in special collector’s sets (none released for general circulation). Due to declining demand for half dollars, 2001 was the last year the mint issued any half dollar coins for general circulation (also called “business strikes”). Beginning with 2002, the Kennedy coins were minted in smaller numbers and sold only to collectors at premiums well above their face value.

 The 1979-S Type 2 (Clear S) coins resulted from a change in mint mark style at the San Francisco Mint part way through the year in 1979, resulting in these coins having lower mintages than their Type 1 Counterparts. In the case of the Kennedy Half, much lower mintages.

Since 1992, the Mint has struck Kennedy half dollars in 90% silver for inclusion in special silver proof sets. These coins have mintages below one million coins and should be considered semi-key dates.

1998 (Matte finish, 90% silver) S has a mintage of just 64,141 pieces. Matte finish 1998-S is the key coin for the Kennedy Half Dollar series.

Mintage Figures

Date Mint mark Busines strike  Proof mintage
1964 (90% silver) 277,254,766 3,950,762
1964 (90% silver) D 156,205,446
1965 (40% silver) 65,879,366
1966 (40% silver) 108,984,932
1967 (40% silver) 295,046,978
1968 (40% silver) D 246,951,930
1968 (40% silver) S 3,041,506
1969 (40% silver) D 129,881,800
1969 (40% silver) S 2,934,731
1970 (40% silver) D 2,150,000
1970 (40% silver) S 2,632,810
1971 155,164,000
1971 D 302,097,424
1971 S 3,220,733
1972 153,180,000
1972 D 141,890,000
1972 S 3,260,996
1973 64,964,000
1973 D 83,171,400
1973 S 2,760,339
1974 201,596,000
1974 D 64,625,000
1974 S 2,612,568
1976 234,308,000
1976 D 287,565,248
1976 S 7,059,099
1976 (40% silver) S 11,000,000
1976 (40% silver) S 4,000,000
1977 43,598,000
1977 D 31,449,106
1977 S 3,251,152
1978 14,350,000
1978 D 13,765,799
1978 S 3,127,781
1979 68,312,000
1979 D 15,815,422
1979 S 3,677,175
1980 P 44,134,000
1980 D 33,456,449
1980 S 3,554,806
1981 P 29,544,000
1981 D 27,839,533
1981 S 4,063,083
1982 P 10,819,000
1982 D 13,140,102
1982 S 3,857,479
1983 P 34,139,000
1983 D 32,472,244
1983 S 3,279,126
1984 P 26,029,000
1984 D 26,262,158
1984 S 3,065,110
1985 P 18,706,962
1985 D 19,814,034
1985 S 3,362,821
1986 P 13,107,633
1986 D 15,336,145
1986 S 3,010,497
1987 P 2,890,758
1987 D 2,890,758
1987 S 4,227,728
1988 P 13,626,000
1988 D 12,000,096
1988 S 3,262,948
1989 P 24,542,000
1989 D 23,000,216
1989 S 3,220,194
1990 P 22,278,000
1990 D 20,096,242
1990 S 3,299,559
1991 P 14,874,000
1991 D 15,054,678
1991 S 2,867,787
1992 P 17,628,000
1992 D 17,000,106
1992 S 2,858,981
1992 (90% silver) S 1,317,579
1993 P 15,510,000
1993 D 15,000,006
1993 S 2,633,439
1993 (90% silver) S 761,353
1994 P 23,718,000
1994 D 23,828,110
1994 S 2,484,594
1994 (90% silver) S 785,329
1995 P 26,496,000
1995 D 26,288,000
1995 S 2,117,496
1995 (90% silver) S 679,985
1996 P 24,442,000
1996 D 24,744,000
1996 S 1,750,244
1996 (90% silver) S 775,021
1997 P 20,882,000
1997 D 19,876,000
1997 S 2,055,000
1997 (90% silver) S 741,678
1998 P 15,646,000
1998 D 15,064,000
1998 S 2,086,507
1998 (90% silver) S 878,792
1998 (90% silver) S 64,141 Matte finish
1999 P 8,900,000
1999 D 10,682,000
1999 S 2,543,401
1999 (90% silver) S 804,565
2000 P 22,600,000
2000 D 19,466,000
2000 S 3,082,483
2000 (90% silver) S 965,421
2001 P 21,200,000
2001 D 19,504,000
2001 S 2,294,909
2001 (90% silver) S 889,697
2002 P 3,100,000
2002 D 2,500,000
2002 S 2,319,766
2002 (90% silver) S 892,229
2003 P 2,500,000
2003 D 2,500,000
2003 S 2,172,684
2003 (90% silver) S 1,125,755
2004 P 2,900,000
2004 D 2,900,000
2004 S 1,789,488
2004 (90% silver) S 1,175,934
2005 P 3,800,000
2005 D 3,500,000
2005 S 2,275,000
2005 (90% silver) S 1,069,679
2006 P 2,400,000
2006 D 2,000,000
2006 S 2,000,428
2006 (90% silver) S 1,054,008
2007 P 2,400,000
2007 D 2,400,000
2007 S 1,384,797
2007 (90% silver) S 875,050
2008 P 1,700,000
2008 D 1,700,000
2008 S 1,377,424
2008 (90% silver) S 620,684
2009 P 1,900,000[2]
2009 D 1,900,000[2]
2009 S 1,477,967[3]
2009 (90% silver) S 694,406[3]
2010 P 1,700,000[4]
2010 D 1,800,000[4]
2010 S 1,103,950[3]
2010 (90% silver) S 585,414[3]
2011 P 1,700,000[5]
2011 D 1,750,000[5]
2011 S 1,098,835[3]
2011 (90% silver) S 574,175[3]
2012 P 1,700,000
2012 D 1,800,000
2012 S 794,002[3]
2012 (90% silver) S 395,443[3]
2013 P 5,000,000
2013 D 4,600,000
2013 S 802,460[3]
2013 (90% silver) S 419,720[3]
2014 P 2,500,000
2014 D 2,100,000
2014 S 704,806[6]
2014 (90% silver) S 424,781[6]
2014 (99.99% gold) W 69,319[6]
2015 P 2,300,000
2015 D 2,300,000
2015 S 662,855[7]
2015 (90% silver) S 387,311[7]
2016 P 2,100,000
2016 D 2,100,000
2016 S 570,209[8]
2016 (90% silver) S 353,205[8]
2017 P 1,800,000[9]
2017 D 2,900,000[9]
2017 S 568,678[9]
2017 (90% silver) S 358,085[9]
2018 P 4,800,000[9]
2018 D 6,100,000[9]
2018 S 492,901[9]
2018 (90% silver) S 354,302[9]
2019 P
2019 D
2019 S
2019 (reverse proof) S 99,932 [10]
2019 (99.9% silver) S

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