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2012 Kennedy Half Dollars Available From the Mint

By May 25, 2012

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The United States mint has not produced Kennedy half dollars for distribution to banks in over 10 years. Therefore you will not be able to get them from your local bank. The only way you will be able to acquire the 2012 issue of the Kennedy half dollar is to either buy them directly from the mint or from your favorite coin dealer (if he happens to have them). Unfortunately, you will not be able to buy them directly from the mint individually either. You'll have to buy them in either a 20 coin rolls (one roll from the Philadelphia mint and one from the Denver mint) or 100 coin bags. This year, the mint has only produced 1.7 million coins at the Philadelphia mint and only 1.8 million coins at the Denver mint. This is one of the lowest production quantities in years. You may want to think about purchasing the two roll set and putting them away as an investment.

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May 31, 2012 at 12:37 am
(1) James says:

So does this mean if I find a Kennedy half dollar coin dated 2002 – 2012 that means that someone ordered from the mint and accidentally put it into circulation?

May 31, 2012 at 8:02 am
(2) Jim Bucki says:


That is correct. Infact the Mint first did this in 1987 and it has been constant since 2002.


May 31, 2012 at 9:51 am
(3) James says:

Hi Jim, I always enjoy the important information you share with us. I would like your opinion on what up-and -coming coins that will be sold from the United States Mint do you think should be a “Must Purchase” for those of us that enjoy collecting but also enjoy making a good investment in coins that are sure to increase in value due to limited productions. An example the 2009 Lincoln coin and Chronicles set. Do you see any coins that the mint has for the 2012 product schedule that we should keep our eye open for. Thanks so much James

May 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm
(4) James Bucki says:

Hi James,

There is a special “2012 Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial Silver Dollar Set” that is the same coin available for purchase, but it will have special packaging. THe Lincoln set sold better because more people collect Lincoln cents than silve commemorative dollars. Personally, I do not think this will sell like the Lincoln Chronicles Set.

As for “are sure to increase in value ” nothing in life is a sure thing. Collect the coins you like and the ones that increase in value.


Ps. The information on this site is provided for discussion purposes only, and should not be misconstrued as investment advice. Under no circumstances does this information represent a recommendation to buy or sell coins, precious metals, exonumia or paper currency.

May 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm
(5) coiny says:

To the potential investors, Firstly, there has to be demand for coins by alot of collectors in order for prices to steadily increase over time. The same can happen if demand slows or stops prices can go south. If your interested more in investments, then you have to see what is always in demand, start there. In the best grades you can afford. Expect prices to rise and fall just like in any other investment. If you have years ahead of you than you have the time to sit out the market place incase prices nose dive. Coins for investments can be tricky as well as fickle. You have to have the metal to stick it out good times or bad. It’s a gamble no matter how you view it. Some people have all the luck, like the guy who created interest in the 3 legged buffalo nickel. There ws no demand untill he created it. A person would have to be pretty creative to pull something like that off today.


July 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm
(6) jfisamm says:

2012 Kennedy Half-Dollar 200-Coin Bag is selling for $139.95 for face value of $100. Why such premier over face value? Why can’t i just go to the local bank and buy $100 value of half-dollars? Thanks for your helfp.

July 23, 2012 at 9:11 pm
(7) Jim Bucki says:


The Federal Reserve Bank has a glut of half dollars and has not ordered any from the mint since 2001. The Mint does this as a favor to coin collectors and needs to cover their costs. Most retail stores mark up thier merchandise about 50%. This is only a 40% mark up. ]


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