2021 Kennedy Half Dollars Released in Rolls and Bags

Rolls and bags of United States Mint 2021 John F. Kennedy Half Dollars became available for ordering today at noon EDT. The 50-cent coins feature the classic 1964 portrait of the 35th President of the United States.

The United States Mint is offering circulating editions of 2020 P&D Kennedy Half Dollars
The United States Mint is offering circulating editions of 2021 P&D Kennedy Half Dollars

Priced at $34.50, the two-roll set includes two 20-coin rolls with one containing coins produced at the Philadelphia Mint and one holding coins struck at the Denver Mint. Available for $147.00, the 200-coin bag includes 100 halves produced at each of the aforementioned U.S. Mint facilities. All of the coins are minted in circulation quality, but have never actually been issued into circulation.

Kennedy halves first appeared in 1964 shortly after the assassination of President Kennedy. Their obverse (head side) portrait was created by Gilroy Roberts.

2021-P Kennedy Half Dollar-obverse
2021-P Kennedy Half Dollar (obverse)

The effigy is surrounded by inscriptions of LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, the year and a mintmark — in this case, a ‘P’ or ‘D’ to indicate the production facility of Philadelphia or Denver.

Reverses (tails side) offer a modified Presidential Seal design by Frank Gasparro. This image also debuted on the 1964 half dollar and has appeared annually with the exception of 1975-1976 when an image of Independence Hall of Philadelphia was used. Inscriptions read UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR.

2021-P Kennedy Half Dollar-reverse
2021-P Kennedy Half Dollar (reverse)

Beginning in 2002, low demand for the coins in circulation led to them only being minted for numismatic purposes. The table below shows U.S. Mint circulating mintages for the coin since 2000:

2000 – 2021 Circulating Kennedy Half Dollar Mintages

Total Mintage
2000 42,070,000
2001 40,700,000
2002 5,600,000
2003 5,000,000
2004 5,800,000
2005 7,300,000
2006 4,400,000
2007 4,800,000
2008 3,400,000
2009 3,800,000
2010 3,500,000
2011 3,450,000
2012 3,500,000
2013 9,600,000
2014 4,600,000
2015 4,600,000
2016 4,200,000
2017 4,700,000
2018 5,800,000
2019 3,400,000
2020 5,700,000
2021* 3,500,000

 

*The mintage total for 2021 probably will not change since half dollars are produced solely for numismatic purposes and their production is typically completed early in the year.

Recent Sales of 50c Rolls and Bags

U.S. Mint sales figures for the half-dollar coins in the last couple of years are as follows:

  • 2020 200-Coin Bags – 11,662
  • 2020 2-Rolls Sets – 24,312
  • 2019 200-Coin Bags – 11,534
  • 2019 2-Roll Sets – 24,132
  • 2018 200-Coin Bags – 9,442
  • 2018 2-Roll Sets – 22,622

Ordering

Order the rolls and bags directly from the U.S. Mint’s webpage dedicated to half dollars. They have no household, product or mintage limits.

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