Coin Specifications

Category: Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,360,000
Obverse Designer: Gilroy Roberts
Reverse Designer: Frank Gasparro
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.4000
Weight: 11.5000g
ASW: 0.1479oz
Melt Value: $2.57 (10/16/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1965 SMS 50C MS obverse 1965 SMS 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In 1964, the United States faced a coinage shortage. Due to this, the mint ceased production of normal proof coins, which required significantly more work with die and planchet preparation. As a substitute, they created the Special Mint Set, which contained coins that weren't quite proofs, but were clearly of a higher quality than normal circulation coins. This allowed the mint to place more resources into producing coins for circulation. These special sets were issued in 1965, 1966 and 1967 before normal proof production started once more in 1968.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2019

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1965 SMS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 5.50 5.50 5.75 6.75 10.00 16.00 25.00 71.00 275 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 18.00 47.00 140 -
1965 SMS 50C MS Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 10.00 20.00 28.00 100.00 175 435 2850 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 35.00 120 225 635 -
1965 SMS 50C MS Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 300 475 650 1950 5700 30000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 500 975 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 13932
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1965 SMS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------12--338161563304777106657-12197
---------------144416237843--641
-----------------110---11
------------------1---1
Total---------12--338175607321080997087-12850
 ---------0 %0 %--0 %0 %1 %5 %25 %63 %6 %0 %- 
1965 SMS 50C MS Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2661218601707591-1655
---------------214355310--114
----------------1-3---4
------------------1---1
Total-------------2663233636764691-1774
 -------------0 %0 %4 %13 %36 %43 %4 %0 %- 
1965 SMS 50C MS Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1161018395--80
-----------------------
----------------1-----1
-----------------------
Total-------------1161118395--81
 -------------1 %1 %7 %14 %22 %48 %6 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/13/2000 PCGS MS 68   Teletrade Auction 1357, 1357/Lot# 1375 $196.20
6/13/2005 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #42, 46/Lot# 943 $13.80
10/1/2005 NGC MS 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #65102, 65102/Lot# 23465 $103.50
9/23/2007 NGC MS 66   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1466 $54.00
9/25/2011 NGC MS 68   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/25/2011, 137/Lot# 17526 $127.60
8/12/2012 NGC MS 66   Cameo Teletrade Auction 3327, 3327/Lot# 2000 $90.00
12/19/2014 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3513, 6082/Lot# 22206 $176.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1965 SMS 50C MS Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base999912121212121212162837631154096951252336540245417
9991012121212121213203146802135048811956358544880
0000001212121213203146802135048811956358500
00000012121212152434549831160010662661380400
1965 SMS 50C MS Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20202424242828282832323237374371138158328344512796086449997
202124242528282829323234371706711286200033935661818890950
000000282829323234371706711286200033935661818800
000000282831323235373049041435241739536811841600
1965 SMS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666999999912162028376715126588223353281
666799999910131723314795189471136626500
000000999910131723314795189471136600
0000009999111519253457123227676185100
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Grade: MS 68 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 7960
Owner: lightningsquid
 
Grade: MS 67 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 4512
Owner: Bob Len
 
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