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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Kennedy Half Dollars

Kennedy Half Dollar Mintage


The mintages for Kennedy Half Dollars have varied widely during the course of the series. A large number of coins were struck for the first year of issue, which was also the final year that the composition of 90% silver was used for circulation. Another spike occurred in 1976, when a special reverse design was used to celebrate the nation's bicentennial.


Mintage levels would experience a general decline in the following years, as the use of the denomination within circulation declined. In response to the declining demand, from 2002 to present the half dollars were not struck for circulation, but only produced in the small quantities needed to satisfy demand from collectors. Two other low mintage issues of the series occurred in 1970 and 1987, when the half dollars were only issued within Mint Sets.

The table below displays the mintage figures for circulation strike Kennedy Half Dollars.

During the series, coins were struck for circulation at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints.

From 1965 to 1967 the use of mint marks was temporarily suspended in response to coin shortages. No half dollars dated 1975 were issued, as this year production of the 1976-dated bicentennial issue was authorized.

Kennedy Half Dollar Mintages


Philadelphia Denver
1964 273,304,004 156,205,446
1965 65,879,366 N/A
1966 108,984,932 N/A
1967 295,046,978 N/A
1968 N/A 246,951,930
1969 N/A 129,881,800
1970 N/A 2,150,000
1971 155,164,000 302,097,424
1972 153,180,000 141,890,000
1973 64,964,000 83,171,400
1974 201,596,000 79,066,300
1976 234,308,000 287,565,248
1977 43,598,000 31,449,106
1978 14,350,000 13,765,799
1979 68,312,000 15,815,422
1980 44,134,000 33,456,449
1981 29,544,000 27,839,533
1982 10,819,000 13,140,102
1983 34,139,000 32,472,244
1984 26,029,000 26,262,158
1985 18,706,962 19,814,034
1986 13,107,633 15,336,145
1987 2,890,758 2,890,758
1988 13,626,000 12,000,096
1989 24,542,000 23,000,216
1990 22,278,000 20,096,242
1991 14,874,000 15,054,678
1992 17,628,000 17,000,106
1993 15,510,000 15,000,006
1994 23,718,000 23,828,110
1995 26,496,000 26,288,000
1996 24,442,000 24,744,000
1997 20,882,000 19,876,000
1998 15,646,000 15,064,000
1999 8,900,000 10,682,000
2000 22,600,000 19,466,000
2001 21,200,000 19,504,000
2002 3,100,000 2,500,000
2003 2,500,000 2,500,000
2004 2,900,000 2,900,000
2005 3,800,000 3,500,000
2006 2,400,000 2,000,000
2007 2,400,000 2,400,000
2008 1,700,000 1,700,000
2009 1,900,000 1,900,000
2010 1,800,000 1,700,000
2011 1,750,000 1,700,000