1982 Kennedy Half Dollar

1982 Kennedy Half Dollar1982 Half Dollar

1982-S Kennedy Half Dollar

The Philadelphia and Denver Mint circulation strike 1982 Kennedy Half Dollars represent  two of the more difficult to find coins of the series. The mintages were somewhat lower than typical for the series at 10,819,000 and 13,140,102, but more significantly the coins were not issued within annual mint sets from the United States Mint.

As a cost savings measure, the Mint had suspended the issuance of the annual coin sets which included circulation strike examples of each of the years coins. For other years of the Kennedy Half Dollar series, uncirculated examples of the coins can easily be acquired from these sets, which were sold to collectors typically in quantities of a few million. Without these sets as a primary source, the 1982-P and 1982-D half dollars become more scarce and command a premium.

The US Mint did continue to issue the annual proof set. Thus, a proof half dollar was struck at the San Francisco Mint with a total mintage of 3,957,479.

1982 Kennedy Half Dollar Mintage and Specifications
Circulation Mintage: 10,819,000 (Philadelphia), 13,140,102 (Denver)
Proof Mintage: 3,857,479
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