Roberts created his original 1964 design shortly after Kennedy’s Nov. 22, 1963, assassination.
The silver and copper-nickel clad 50th Anniversary coins bear the single date 2014, while the Proof gold coin is dual-dated 1964–2014.
As of June 25, U.S. Mint officials have not disclosed if any household ordering limits or restrictions will be in place for any of the products, including those sold at the ANA World’s Fair of Money.
Legal authority for gold coin
United States Mint officials state that legal authority to strike a gold version of the Kennedy half dollar is found in a provision in the U.S. Code.
Tom Jurkowsky, director of the U.S. Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications, said via email June 18 that “the statutory authority for us to produce gold Kennedy half dollars is 31 U.S.C. § 5112(i)(4)(C).”
The United States Code citation reads: “(C) The Secretary may continue to mint and issue coins in accordance with the specifications contained in paragraphs (7), (8), (9), and (10) of subsection (a) and paragraph (1)(A) of this subsection at the same time the Secretary is minting and issuing other bullion and proof gold coins under this subsection in accordance with such program procedures and coin specifications, designs, varieties, quantities, denominations, and inscriptions as the Secretary, in the Secretary’s discretion, may prescribe from time to time.”
Kennedy half dollars have been struck in three compositions to date, with the gold version adding a fourth composition.
Kennedy half dollars were struck in a 90 percent silver, 10 percent copper alloy for circulation only with the 1964 date (Proof versions in this alloy have been struck since 1992). The composition was switched to a silver-copper clad composition (40 percent silver) with the 1965 coins. A copper-nickel clad composition was introduced in 1971.
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