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Friday, January 29, 2010

2010 Kennedy Half Dollar Bags and Rolls

The United States Mint will begin sales of bags and rolls of 2010 Kennedy Half Dollars today January 29, 2010 at 12:00 Noon ET.

The rolls will be offered as a two roll set that contains one 20-coin roll of coins from the Philadelphia Mint and one 20-coin roll of coins from the Denver Mint. The rolls are packaged in special US Mint branded wrappers which indicate the face value, date, and mint mark of the coins. The 2010 Kennedy Half Dollar two roll sets are priced at $32.95 each.

There will be one option available for coins packaged in a mint sewn bag. This bag will include a total of 200 of the 2010 Kennedy Halves, with 100 from each Mint facility. The bags are priced at $130.95 each.

These price levels remain unchanged from the prior year.

Since 2002, the United States Mint has not produced the Kennedy Half Dollar for circulation, but has produced the coin in limited numbers for sale directly to collectors in numismatic bags and rolls. During this period, the highest mintage attained was 3.8 million for the 2005-P Kennedy Half. The lowest mintage occurred for the 2008-P and 2008-D halves with 1.7 million produced for each. For 2009, the US Mint produced 1.9 million halves at each facility.



At January 29, 2010 at 6:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to Numismastic News' weekly "Mint Stats" there was a combined total of 3,640,760 Bag and Roll '09(P-D) Kennedy Halves
sold at the time of the cutoff. The US Mint made 3,800,000 or a difference of 159,240.
So based on that as sole evidence their could be a revision shown down the road which would put the '08 & '09 mintages in a virtual dead heat. It'll be interesting to see if they ratchet down the '10 Kennedy mintages somewhat, the January production figures for this coin (and several others) will be very educational this year.

Jim L.

At January 29, 2010 at 6:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I don't get why the Mint even bothered to produce a second round of Kennedy Halves in 2009. Everyone figured when the original 3.4 million were gone, they would simply be declared "sold out". Hopefully the leftover coins were paid for by what the DID sell.

I wonder if the leftover 2009's will go on a shelf somewhere, or if they will be melted down to be re-struck into 2010's? Watch them come back in the form of a "Direct Ship" program for Kennedy Halves to as the Mint would call it "encourage the robust circulation of Kennedy Half Dollars." :)

At January 29, 2010 at 7:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Direct Ship. I don't think that would happen even though the mint has on the one hand included their mintages in with "circulating coin production" while on the other hand terming these as being for numismatic purposes. There is little practicality or demand for 50 cent coins in general currency so an attempt at reviving them for general purpose usage is highly unlikely. I do wonder how long they can continue even in their current limited mintages and still be sold profitably.

Jim L.

At January 29, 2010 at 8:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is only tangentially related to this post but while we're on the topic of half dollars, I have a question.

Can anyone provide some information on the 2008-S Bald Eagle Half dollar? Was this issued to commemorate something or to celebrate an anniversary? What is the significance of this Bald Eagle Half dollar? Were there different versions of this Eagle Half dollar, e.g., clad, silver, gold, etc.? Why suddenly a bald eagle half in addition to the Kennedy half in 2008? Was this minted in other years as well?

I'm asking because I recently saw an auction on eBay for a 2008-S Bald Eagle half dollar and I was previously unaware of it. Any information on this coin would be appreciated. Thanks.

Eagle Fan (not necessarily Philadelphia)

At January 29, 2010 at 9:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bald eagle half is a commemorative coin in proof silver and clad for one year issue. The eagle's name is Challenger in honor of the space shuttle that blew up. There should be more and better info in the history section of the US Mint website.

At January 29, 2010 at 10:36 AM , Blogger John said...

The bald eagle half was only made in clad while the bald eagle dollar was made in silver.

At January 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM , Blogger limalo said...

For Eagle Fan concerning the 2008 Bald Eagle coin:

According to the US Mint website in 2008, "The Bald Eagle, nearing the brink of extinction just 35 years ago, has made remarkable progress and is still expanding its presence throughout our Nation's lands and skies. Public Law 108-486, signed by President George W. Bush on December 23, 2004, calls for the United States Mint to mint and issue three commemorative coins that celebrate the encouraging recovery of the Bald Eagle species, the 35th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and the removal of the Bald Eagle from the Endangered Species List."

From this, it looks like the coin was issued in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act rather than to commemorate the space shuttle. However, I believe that as a previous poster wrote, people nicknamed the eagle "Challenger" in honor of the space shuttle.

The Mint's website also shows, "The Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Program consists of three coins – a $5 gold coin, a silver dollar, and a half-dollar clad coin – available in both proof and uncirculated conditions. Surcharges from the program are authorized to be paid to the American Eagle Foundation of Tennessee for the purposes of continuing its work to save and protect Bald Eagles nationally."

Apparently, there were six versions in all with a proof and an uncirculated version in silver, gold and clad. The mintage limits were 100,000 for the $5 gold options, 500,000 for the $1 silver options, and 750,000 for the half-dollar clad versions.

Does anyone recall what the original Mint prices were for the various options?

Hope this helps.

At January 29, 2010 at 1:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just posting out of curiosity here. What is the point of purchasing coins this way from the mint? Where can I find out the value for prior offerings of this nature.

At January 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To answer Limalo's question on prices for the Commemorative Bald Eagles from the Mint.
Half-Dollar Proof=$10.95
Half-Dollar UNC=$8.95
$1 Dollar Proof=$43.95
$1 Dollar UNC=$37.95
The 3-Coin Proof Set was $369.95.
I don't know what the $5 Gold was individually since I bought it with the 3-coin set. I bought all of these for the birth of my daughter and because I collect commemoratives. Also these were a very nice design, unlike the commemoratives coming out for 2010.

Hope that helps.

TK in Minneapolis

At January 29, 2010 at 4:55 PM , Blogger limalo said...

To TK in Minneapolis,

Thank you very much; that is exactly what I was looking for.

I agree with you that these designs have it all over the commemoratives coming out in 2010. I wish I had been aware of them when they first came out as I would have bought them at issue for my kids, too. Maybe, I can find that 3-Coin Proof set (or individual coins) at a reasonable price on eBay or some such site.

Thanks for sharing that information. In addition to Michael's great commentary, that's what this site is all about, people helping people. Take care.


At January 29, 2010 at 5:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto on hindsight. Now wish I had taken a closer look at those commem eagles when they were released especially since what is available now from the mint. I'll bet a lot of collectors start shopping the aftemarket for past releases since most of the new stuff is less than inspiring. I know I will.

At January 30, 2010 at 6:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re the $1 Bald Eagles (Silver). I bought an aftermarket unc. for about $10 and another for $15 in early December without boxes. So in the midst of the silver frenzy these have not held value. The design is very ordinary. The gold is probably a winner though.

Jim L.

At February 3, 2010 at 6:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you look at the mints online catalog you find a link "no longer available" on the left-hand side towards the bottom this will give you the prices that you seek.


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