World readers' contentions that the U.S. Mint does not have
the legal authority to issue a Proof Kennedy half dollar in gold, Mint
officials say they possess statutory authority.
the numismatic products already scheduled to mark the 50th anniversary
of the introduction of the Kennedy half dollar is the .9999 fine gold
Proof 1964-2014 Kennedy half dollar to be struck at the West Point
Mint. The obverse will bear U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Gilroy Roberts'
original 1963 sculpt of the president that was introduced on the half
dollar in 1964.
gold coins are to be struck on planchets containing approximately 0.75
troy ounce of gold and will be 30.61 millimeters in diameter.
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)."
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."
U.S.C. § 5112 can be found here.
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