Editor's note: Eight-year-old YN Avrumy Matitia shares
his thoughts about his new silver proof baseball coin and the
Kennedy half dollar coins that will be released at the 2014 World's
Fair of MoneySM.
My dad, Robert Matitia, bought for me the new
Silver Proof baseball coin from the U.S. Mint, and they just came
in the mail last week. It sure is a hot item and looks great! When
we bought it from the mint it costs about $51, and now you can sell
it for at least $150 since it sold out right away. It tripled in
price! But I am going to save mine, and not sell it.
Also, I am looking forward to the new Kennedy half dollars that
are coming out soon. We read an article in Numismatic News and Coin
World that the Mint will be selling a special silver four-coin half
dollar silver proof set, each one with a different mintmark from
each of the four mints (San Francisco, Denver, Philadelphia and
West Point Mints) and special different proof type finishes on each
coin. You have to buy all 4 together, so the set will probably cost
around $120, maybe more, I am guessing. You can't just buy one at a
time, which would have been better for me.
I am now trying to earn and save up some money by doing jobs
around the house like gardening or cleaning the garage, and selling
my old toys so that I can buy a set. I am also having coin meetings
with my family that I charge for and my Dad pays me 50 cents each
meeting. I had a different meetings with my family on Sunday and my
dad paid me $3 for the meetings.
I don't think that I will be able to afford the special gold
Kennedy half dollar. The article said that it will be the size of a
regular half dollar with 2 dates on it 1964 and 2014. 1964 is the
year the first Kennedy half dollar came out, which was the first
year after President Kennedy was shot (in 1963), and now its 2014
which is 50 years later. I don't think that I will be able to save
up enough money to get that one, but I like looking at the
Also, the mint is coming out with a two coin clad (not silver)
set, but I don't think it will be worth much in a few years. We
looked at the Mint's website and it's supposed to come out
on July 24,
2014, for $9.95 for a clad P and D coin. My dad gave to
me a special Statue of Liberty clad half dollar from 1986. He
said that probably when the Mint was selling them, they cost $5 or
$6, he didn't remember, but now you can get one for like $3 or $4.
So the value went down instead of going up. it wasn't worth
it, but it's still a cool coin. I don't know when the mint will be
selling the silver or the gold coins, but we heard that it's
supposed to be sold at the big ANA show World's Fair of
Money in Chicago. It will probably sell out there just like
the baseball coins did and the reverse proof buffalo did last year
at the ANA.