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Half Dollars Go Back on Mint Presses
By David C. Harper, Numismatic News
December 23, 2013

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If you are a half dollar fan, you will love the news that unlike last year and other recent years, the Mint produced the coin during the month of November.

Philadelphia struck 3.2 million halves to bring its 2013 output to 5 million pieces, up 3.2 million from the 1.8 million coins struck in 2012.

Denver chimed in by striking 2.8 million half dollars in the latest month, bringing its 2013 total through November to 4.6 million coins, up 2.9 million pieces from the 1.7 million total in 2012.

Over all, 9.6 million half dollars have been struck so far in 2013, up 6.1 million from the 3.5 million produced last year.

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Counting all denominations struck in November, the Mint’s rate of production declined to 991,140,000 coins from 1,220,380,000 in October.

In the first 11 months of the calendar year, the Mint has produced 11,620,980,000 coins. This is up almost 28 percent from the 9,090,890,000 coins struck in the same period of 2012.

Compared to 2012, the Mint has struck almost one billion more cents and 900 million more quarters with smaller gains in other denominations.

Output of Presidential dollars in 2013 has declined to 33.46 million from 44.04 million in 2012. Native American dollar mintage has also declined. This year’s figure is 3.64 million while the 2012 number was 5.88 million.






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On December 24, 2013 Todd Starbuck said
"Over all, 9.6 million half dollars have been struck so far in 2013, up 6.1 million from the 3.5 million produced last year."

Does anyone know why the mint decided to do this? Who wants an additional 6 million clad halves?  For that matter, who wanted the first 3.6 million, aside from collectors like me?

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