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Gold Kennedy half possible to celebrate 50th

Kennedy Half DollarResponses from up to 60,000 customers of the U.S. Mint will determine whether there will be a gold Kennedy half dollar in 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the series.

A survey was sent out to them Jan. 29, but the Mint expects only 2,000 customers will actually return it by the Feb. 18 deadline.

The possible gold Kennedy would cost about $1,200 to $1,300 and there would be a mintage of 50,000.

The Mint stresses that no decisions have been made about this and won’t be until the results are analyzed.

The Mint survey also notes that there will be a special clad half dollar set to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half dollar. In it would be coins from Phildealphia, Denver, San Francisco and West Point with each of the four coins having a different finish.


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Further, the proof will not be from San Francisco and the “P” and “D” coins will be something other than uncirculated.

A four-coin silver set is in the works also.

Price of the clad set is projected to be approximately $15 and the silver set would be about $100.

The Mint is also considering changing the fineness of all of its silver coins to .999 fine from the current .900 fine standard used for silver proof sets and commemorative coins.



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