1983 Kennedy Half Dollar

1983 Kennedy Half Dollar1983 Half Dollar

1983-S Kennedy Half Dollar

For a second year, the United States Mint did not issue the annual uncirculated mint set. This makes examples of the circulation strike 1983 Kennedy Half Dollar more difficult to find.

In typical years of the series, mint sets provide a ready source of uncirculated half dollars for collectors. These sets were originally sold by the US Mint in quantities usually stretching into the millions and remain available on the secondary market at modest premiums to the face value of the coins. The premiums attached to the half dollars of 1982 and 1983, show the impact that these sets have on the availability of uncirculated clad coins for the series.

The production of proof coinage did continue. The 1983-S Proof Kennedy Half Dollar was struck at the San Francisco Mint with a mintage of 3,279,126.

1983 Kennedy Half Dollar Mintage and Specifications
Circulation Mintage: 34,139,000 (Philadelphia), 32,472,244 (Denver)
Proof Mintage: 3,279,126
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