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: $6.25 (8/17/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1964 50C SP obverse 1964 50C SP reverse
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Description & Analysis

More rumors than facts surround the issuance of the 1964 SMS coins, but examples are known from the cent through half dollar. Current estimates range from 20 to 50 sets produced. Many of the 1964 Kennedy half dollars, per the Breen Complete Encyclopedia and other sources, were struck in 1965 from 1964-dated dies. Ron Guth and Bill Gale, in United States Proof Sets and Mint Sets 1936-2002, assert that the production of 1964-dated coins continued at the Mint until 1966. It is entirely possible (if not entirely likely) that the 1964 Special Mint Set coins may also have been struck in early 1965, as the Mint only began shipment of the 1965 Special Mint Sets on May 20.

All 1964-SMS coins exhibit a characteristic sharp strike on both sides along with heavy die polishing, usual for the issue. The obverse is the Normal Hair (non-Accented Hair, only used on proof coins) type, while the reverse is the Type One 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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/31/2017

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1964 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6
Low Grade: 66
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/13/2019 1964 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------141--6
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Total-----------------141--6
 -----------------17 %67 %17 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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12/27/2000 PCGS SP 68   Teletrade Auction 1389, 1389/Lot# 1469 $6,148.00
7/26/2003 NGC SP 69   Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 8104 $10,637.50
5/5/2004 NGC SP 69   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 7926 $9,487.50
7/30/2008 PCGS SP 67   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 2704 $6,037.50
4/28/2009 PCGS SP 68   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 2929 $10,350.00
9/7/2016 PCGS SP 67   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1239/Lot# 5545 $47,000.00
4/25/2019 PCGS SP 67   Heritage Auctions 2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1294/Lot# 3760 $108,000.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1964 50C SP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base347335563641372738153904399540874181427643734472474950395341565659226324796090461022611754
35013584367037563845393440264118421343084406456448465140544657456056686983229439107350
0000004026411842134308440645644846514054465745605668698322943900
0000004056415042444341443946574942524055515833619074158684983300
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