Coin Specifications

Category: Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 65,879,366
Obverse Designer: Gilroy Roberts
Reverse Designer: Frank Gasparro
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.4000
Weight: 11.5000g
ASW: 0.1479oz
Melt Value: $3.36 (9/21/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1965 50C MS obverse 1965 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The application of mintmarks was suspended for the coins dated 1965-67 in an effort to discourage speculators, who were wrongly blamed for a nationwide coin shortage at about that same time. While most denominations were coined at several mints during those years, the circulating half dollars dated 1965, 1966 and 1967 were produced exclusively at the Denver Mint. Nearly all of the 1965-dated halves were struck during the first seven months of 1966, and they did not debut in circulation until March of that year.

It was the fate of most Kennedy Half Dollars dated before 1971 to be hoarded, though the silver-clad issues of 1965-69 did see enough circulation that they are readily available in lightly worn condition. The 1965 halves, while quite common unworn, are rarely found in the higher grades. Even at the MS-66 level the supply of certified coins falls short of the demand from advanced collectors.

Varieties are few for this date, and most are very minor.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/14/2020

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1965 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 4.75 4.75 4.75 4.75 4.75 4.75 4.75 4.75 4.75 5.25 5.00 5.50 6.50 20.00 55.00 210 2650 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 415 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2807
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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: 9/21/2021 1965 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------1-4418-1138878511504261252--2806
---------------5463---18
----------------545---14
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Total------1-4418-1138878561513271332--2838
 ------0%-0%0%1%-0%1%3%30%53%10%1%0%-- 
1965 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------1----1
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Total-----------------1----1
 -----------------100%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1965 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1212121212121212121212121620325436310103894408964728426
12121212121212121212121317243915757919713959488371238847
00000012121212121317243915757919713959488300
00000012121212121519284726079429334024567800
1965 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base99999991212121212121628632208562727391962328134
99999910121212121213204011543214803124469068668541
00000010121212121213204011543214803124469000
00000011121212121215245116864421033522546100
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 3919
Owner: Mikey Siegel’s impeccable collection
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3124
Owner: Frau Scully
 
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