A .9999 fine gold 2014 Kennedy half dollar is under consideration
by the United States Mint to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy
The members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee were
scheduled to discuss the merits of and demand for a Kennedy gold half
dollar at its Feb. 11 meeting.
The CCAC was also scheduled to review proposed designs for the
five 2015 America the Beautiful quarter dollars.
Consideration of a proposed 2014 Kennedy half dollar composed of
.9999 fine gold was broached in a survey sent out Jan. 29 on behalf of
the Mint by National Analysts to 60,000 U.S. Mint customers who have
purchased precious metals products from the Mint, according to U.S.
Mint spokesman Michael White.
White said the feedback will be gathered through Feb. 18, with
Mint officials expecting to receive responses from approximately 2,000 customers.
National Analysts also surveyed recipients about the prospects of
the Mint striking medals in silver; demand differences if the Mint
were to switch all of its production of .900 fine silver Proof coins
to .999 fine silver; and issuance of a special Director’s set of five
silver medals, including one featuring the first U.S. Mint director,
“As with many of our surveys of potential demand, parts of this
survey were designed using monadic cells, which is a fancy way of
saying we have two or three versions of a question, each with a
different set of factors or features, and each respondent randomly
gets one of those versions to answer,” according to White. “We can
make inferences about the relative importance or attractiveness of
those features based on the differences in response among the scenarios.”
White said Feb. 3 that a decision has not been finalized on
whether to move forward with a Kennedy gold half dollar.
The Mint already has under development a number of possible
Kennedy half dollar options, featuring multiple coin sets in different
finishes, in copper-nickel clad and silver versions, with coins struck
at all four Mint production facilities.
White said a purpose of the National Analysts survey is to gather
feedback on probable demand for a Kennedy gold half dollar.
At the spot price of gold when the National Analysts survey was
conducted, the starting retail price of a Kennedy gold half dollar
would range between $1,200 and $1,300.
“No decisions have been made to produce such a product,” according
to a statement released by White. “We are simply attempting to
determine the interest in such a product, especially in light of its
potential price. We feel this is only prudent.
“In the meantime, we are also developing other products that will
commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half dollar. We will
announce those products when decisions on them have been finalized.”
Tom Jurkowsky, director of the Mint’s Office for Corporate
Communications, said Feb. 3 that the designs used for a Kennedy gold
half dollar could be the same as the current design, but also possibly
could be the modified obverse design by Mint Chief Engraver Gilroy
Roberts and the reverse by Assistant Engraver Frank Gasparro from the
1964 Kennedy half dollar.
Jurkowsky said the gold numismatic product would need only an okay
from the Treasury secretary, without legislative approval required
The National Analysts survey did not provide any details about the
weight, diameter or thickness specifications or design for a Kennedy
gold half dollar. The Mint currently does not produce any gold coins
with a diameter matching the 30.61 millimeters of the Kennedy half
The survey queried participants regarding their likelihood of
ordering a Kennedy gold half dollar, and whether their preference was
more likely for a product limited to 50,000 units or one minted to demand.
The survey also addressed two other sets for 2014 to mark the
Kennedy half dollar’s 50th anniversary:
➤ A set of clad coins, one from each Mint — Philadelphia, Denver,
San Francisco and West Point — and each with a different finish.
Finishes would be different from what is normally produced at each
facility; i.e., the Proof finish would not come from San Francisco,
and neither the Philadelphia nor the Denver coin would be
Uncirculated. The price would be around $15.
➤ The second set would comprise four .900 fine silver coins, one
from each Mint with different finishes. The price for this set would
be around $100.
2015 quarter dollars
At its Feb. 11 meeting, the CCAC was also scheduled to review
proposed design sketches for the 2015 America the Beautiful quarter
dollars honoring Homestead National Monument of America (Nebraska),
Kisatchie National Forest (Louisiana), Blue Ridge Parkway (North
Carolina), Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (Delaware) and
Saratoga National Historical Park (New York). ■