The 2001 Kennedy Half Dollar saw similar circulation mintages to the previous year, with about 20 million coins struck each at the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities. The majority of these pieces were issued into the channels of general circulation, with about one million pieces included in the annual uncirculated mint sets.
Quality of the circulation strike halves was generally high for this year. Some proof like examples can be found, generally from mint sets, and many high quality gems have been graded. The major grading services show a few pieces in the spectacularly high grade of MS68 for each mint.
As had become customary, there were two collectible proof versions of the coin struck for collectors. The first was the standard composition proof included in the 2001 Proof Set. The second was the 90% silver composition proof included in the 2001 Silver Proof Set. Both coins were struck at the San Francisco Mint and carried the “S” mint mark.
The clad proof version is more difficult than other surrounding years to find in perfect grade PCGS PR70DCAM or NGC PF 70 Ultra Cameo. Often the cameo contrast is lacking or other problems exist. Accordingly, the top graded examples command a premium.
2001 Kennedy Half Dollar Mintage and Specifications
- Circulation Mintage: 21,200,000 (Philadelphia), 19,504,000 (Denver)
- Proof Mintage: 2,294,909 (copper-nickel), 889,697 (silver proof)
- Mint Marks: P (Philadelphia), D (Denver), S (San Francisco)
- Composition: 91.67% copper, 8.33% nickel (standard) / 90% silver, 10% copper (silver proof)
- Weight: 11.34 grams (standard) / 12.50 grams (silver proof)
- Diameter: 30.61 mm