Coin Specifications

Category: Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 273,304,004
Obverse Designer: Gilroy Roberts
Reverse Designer: Frank Gasparro
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.92 (5/6/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1964 50C MS obverse 1964 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This half dollar honoring the memory of slain President John F. Kennedy was the most eagerly awaited coin ever produced by the United States Mint. The first pieces were issued March 24, 1964, at the very height of the frenzied coin market of the early 1960s. Very few of these coins actually had the chance to become worn, as collectors and speculators around the world hoarded all they could get.

The timing for a new and popular coin could not have been worse, as the United States was about to abandon its .900 fine silver coinage for issues having little or no silver at all. In an effort to keep the 1964 silver coins from being hoarded, Congress authorized that date to be frozen until further notice. The Philadelphia Mint thus coined 87,448,004 examples of the 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar during that year, another 144,182,000 the following year and a final 41,674,000 during 1966. It was all in vain, as few of these coins remained in circulation for more than a month or two.

Though millions of pieces survive in Mint State, most are quite heavily marked from years of being traded in bag quantities. Gems are readily available in grades as high as MS-66, though many of these required attractive toning to push them past the MS-64 level. Prooflike (PL) are known but are quite rare. It's likely that these were coined from retired proof dies that still retained their polished fields.

A few doubled-die obverse (DDO) and doubled-die reverse (DDR) varieties are known, and NGC will certify the better of these through its VarietyPlus service.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/14/2020

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1964 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 11.00 11.00 11.00 11.00 11.00 11.00 11.00 11.00 11.50 13.50 13.75 14.00 17.50 25.00 40.00 120 950 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 225 5200 -
1964 50C MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 400 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 16285
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1964 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11----181148156256254787572773471790911--16281
-------------332724199---85
---------------48209---41
---------------2------2
Total11----1811481562562577905760737918291091--16409
 0%0%----0%0%0%0%1%0%0%2%5%35%45%11%1%0%-- 
1964 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1--12-------4
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Total----------1--12-------4
 ----------25%--25%50%------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1964 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41454545454545454545505959599901081117812842486347456027365
4245454545454545454753595936910201113121316852815418361907733
0000004545454753595936910201113121316852815418300
0000004545454856595968010511146124920853145489300
1964 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3741414141414141414145545454721021634231658332453877101
3841414141414141414248545460821222508352213401259587456
0000004141414248545460821222508352213401200
00000041414144515454669214333612462769469900
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 3324
Owner: Mikey Siegel’s impeccable collection
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2213
Owner: Beijim
 
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