Coin Specifications

Category: Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Gilroy Roberts
Reverse Designer: Frank Gasparro
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.91 (5/10/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1964 50C SP obverse 1964 50C SP reverse
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Description & Analysis

Once thought to be prototypes for the Special Mint Set coins of 1965-67, the 1964 Specimen strikes do have a story to tell, but not that one. Starting in the 1950s, possibly dating to the arrival of Vladimir Clain-Steffanelli as curator in 1957, the Smithsonian's National Coin Collection received fresh strikes of each year's coinage through all or most of the 1970s. These were forwarded by the Philadelphia Mint and consisted of ordinary coinage of the type made for circulation, but the dies were fresh and sharp, retaining the satiny fields characteristic of new dies, along the with fine, irregular polishing lines also typical of new currency dies. This distribution was not known to anyone outside of either institution, and when perhaps a couple dozen sets of 1964(P) coins from cent through half dollar came into the market in the early 1990s, their distinctive appearance was noted. These coins brought strong premiums and still do in their rare appearances, but the term Special Mint Set does not apply to them.

The obverse is the Normal Hair (non-Accented Hair, only used on proof coins) type, while the reverse is the Type 1 reverse, with a straight G in the FS designer's initials and breaks in rays 11-13 (counting from the left) where they meet stars.

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Last Updated: 10/31/2017

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1964 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7
Low Grade: 66
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1964 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------151--7
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Total-----------------161--8
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1964 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base347335563641372738153904399540874181427643734472474950395341565659226324796090461022611754
350135843670375638453934402641184213430844064564484651405446574560566869832294391073512342
0000004026411842134308440645644846514054465745605668698322943900
0000004056415042444341443946574942524055515833619074158684983300
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