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2014 - Kennedy Half Dollar - West Point

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2014 - Kennedy Half Dollar - West Point
Common Name Half Dollar
Denomination Half Dollar
Year 2014
Mint West Point
Series Kennedy Half Dollar
Circulation Type Reverse Proof
Material Cupro-Nickel 8.3
Mintage 225,000
Diameter (mm) 30.6
Edge Reeded

Notes: The 2014-W Reverse Proof Kennedy Half Dollar is a very special coin which is part of a 4-coin 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Set commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half dollar - which first went into production in 1964. This set includes all 90% silver coins: 2014-P Silver Proof - 2014-D Silver Uncirculated - 2014-S Silver Enhanced Uncirculated - 2014-W Silver Reverse Proof. The US Mint originally set a limit of 300000 sets. After 85000+ sets sold the first day - this limit was reduced to 225000 - which is roughly the final mintage of each special coin as this highly popular set sold out completely. The set originally sold for $99.95.

This is the first time that the Kennedy half dollar was produced at the West Point Mint and also the first reverse proof design of this series. The reverse proof is similar to a normal proof - except the background field of the coin has a frosted satin finish while the Kennedy portrait and other details have the mirror-like proof finish.

Designer: Gilroy Roberts


Shortly after President Kennedy's death, Ms. Eva Adams, the Director of the Mint, telephoned Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, Gilroy Roberts at the Philadelphia Mint to inform him that serious consideration was being given to placing President Kennedy's portrait on a coin. The quarter dollar, half dollar or the one dollar were being discussed.

November 27, Ms. Adams called again and informed him that the half dollar had been chosen since Mrs. Kennedy did not want to replace Washington on the quarter dollar. Ms. Adams also informed Roberts that he was to use the profile portrait that appears on the Mint list medal for President Kennedy. The reverse was to display the President's Seal.

Two complications stood in the way of immidate production. First, there was a nation wide coin shortage, and Half dollars of one type or the other were needed soon. The second was a legal problem; the Franklin Half Dollar had only been in production 15 years (short of the 25 years required by congress). The Franklin Half replacement would require an act of Congress. With suprising speed, the Act of December 30, 1963 cleared the way for the Kennedy half dollar.

The first regular-issue Kennedy half dollars began production at the Denver Mint, and the Philadelphia Mint followed suit the week after and were released to the public on March 24, 1964. Despite limiting the number of coins an individual could buy, banks were quickly sold out. Few of these coins were actually circulated. Many became keepsakes cherished by many Americans as well as foreign admirers.

Item created by: gdm on 2020-01-13 08:10:22

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