1986 Kennedy Half Dollar

1986 Kennedy Half Dollar1986 Half Dollar

1986-S Kennedy Half Dollar

The circulation mintage took a noticeable decline with the 1986 Kennedy Half Dollar. The Philadelphia Mint struck 13,107,633 coins, while the Denver Mint struck 15,336,145.

For many years, the demand for the denomination had been falling as half dollars were not widely used within circulation. For the remainder of the series, mintages would remain extremely low until the US Mint eventually stopped minting the coins for circulation altogether. In the following year, this situation occurred for a single year when production of the denomination was restricted to the number necessary for inclusion in US Mint Sets.

Proof versions of the coin were struck at the San Francisco Mint and contain the “S” mint mark. The mintage for this version remained relatively steady at 3,010,497.

1986 Kennedy Half Dollar Mintage and Specifications
Circulation Mintage: 13,107,633 (Philadelphia), 15,336,145 (Denver)
Proof Mintage: 3,010,497
Mint Marks: P (Philadelphia), D (Denver), S (San Francisco)
Composition: 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel
Weight: 11.34 grams
Diameter: 30.61 mm

1980-1989 Kennedy Half Dollars
The Kennedy Half Dollar coins issued between 1980 and 1989 had generally lower mintages than earlier years of the series. By this point, the half dollar denomination was experiencing less robust circulation and fewer coins were required to be minted each year.
  For collectors, the 1982 and 1983 half dollars can sometimes be more difficult to find in uncirculated grades. For these two years the US Mint did not issue the annual mint set, which has typically served as a source for uncirculated examples for other years of the series. Accordingly, individual examples and rolls for these two years command premiums.
  Another notable year for collectors occurred with the 1987 issues, which were only produced for inclusion in US Mint Sets. This was similar to what had occurred in 1970, although heavier ordering makes the 1987 Kennedy Half Dollars worth less by comparison.
  Proof versions of the half dollar struck during the 1980’s are generally more abundant than other years and usually available in high grades. Later proof issues would eventually prove more valuable due to lower mintages.

1980 Kennedy Half Dollar      1981 Kennedy Half Dollar      1982 Kennedy Half Dollar

1983 Kennedy Half Dollar      1984 Kennedy Half Dollar      1985 Kennedy Half Dollar

1986 Kennedy Half Dollar      1987 Kennedy Half Dollar      1988 Kennedy Half Dollar