@BadDog: I stand by everything I said in my original post.
I agree that this WAS a reason for the clad halves, but it seems the Mint abandoned that goal long ago.
I believe that last Young Collector Half dollar set was way back in 1996 for the Olympic games.
Also IMHO, the current price of $38 for a single, uncirculated clad half dollar also limits the appeal to new and young collectors as well. A clad proof set is only $32 with 10 coins and the quarters and dollar have yearly changing designs.
While the cost of the half dollars has increased, along with all of the other Mint offerings, the half dollar remains the lower-cost option for each commemorative coin program that includes one. (I reference the price increases in my OP.)
My comments were not restricted to the Young Collector Sets - I stated "or similar" in my OP - the last such set was issued in 2019. It was called a "Kid's Set" and was for the Basketball Hall of Fame coin program.
I wouldn't consider arguing against your "limits the appeal" opinion, your opinion is not subject to debate - it is what it is. My only comment is that $38.00 is less than $74 (the price of the Silver Dollar) and so still represents a more affordable entry point for those with a more limited budget.
Thanks for joining the discussion!
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