Coin Specifications

Category: Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
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: $4.18 (5/18/2021)
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

The nationwide coin shortage of 1963-65 prompted drastic actions on the part of Congress and the U. S. Mint. These included the suspension of mintmarks on all coins dated 1965-67 and the elimination of proof coinage after 1964. Coin collectors were naturally disappointed with both actions, especially since the shortage of coins in circulation was wrongly blamed on their activity.

In response, the U. S. Mint decided to produce a psuedo-proof coinage for 1965 called a Special Mint Set. This consisted of the five coins from cent through half dollar, all made from polished dies but unpolished planchets. The result was a hybrid that possessed varying degrees of reflectivity in the fields and often less than full strikes. Coined in ordinary presses and then tumbled down into bins like circulating pieces, they thus displayed contact marks and were a poor substitute for the former proofs. The 1965 sets were packaged in the same materials as the proof sets of 1955-64 and sold for $4, a nearly 100% increase over the $2.10 of the preceding proof sets. To be fair, the proof set pricing was woefully obsolete, but it still rankled with collectors.

The 1965-dated SMS coins were struck at the San Francisco Assay Office during the early months of 1966. Gems are readily available, but the prevalence of contact marks greatly reduces the number certified in the very highest grades. Cameo and Ultra Cameo examples do exist but are quite scarce for this date.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/12/2021

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1965 SMS 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 5.50 5.50 5.75 7.50 10.00 16.00 25.00 71.00 300 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 18.00 47.00 140 -
1965 SMS 50C PF CA
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 10.00 20.00 28.00 100 175 435 2850 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 35.00 120 225 635 -
1965 SMS 50C PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 300 475 650 1950 5700 30000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 500 975 - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 17903
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: 5/18/2021 1965 SMS 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------12--442217720399598548018-15644
--------------1154619746150--770
-----------------110---11
------------------1---1
Total---------12--4432327664193103268518-16426
 ---------0%0%--0%0%1%5%26%63%5%0%- 
1965 SMS 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------39682357071062741-2159
---------------214366811--131
----------------1-6---7
------------------1---1
Total-------------39702507431137851-2298
 -------------0%0%3%11%32%49%4%0%- 
1965 SMS 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1181026486--100
-----------------------
----------------1-1---2
-----------------------
Total-------------1181126496--102
 -------------1%1%8%11%25%48%6%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1965 SMS 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base999912121212121212162837631154096951252336540245417
9991012121212121213203146802135048811956358544885688
0000001212121213203146802135048811956358500
00000012121212152434549831160010662661380400
1965 SMS 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20202424242828282832323237374371138158328344512796086449997
2021242425282828293232343717067112862000339356618188909510497
000000282829323234371706711286200033935661818800
000000282831323235373049041435241739536811841600
1965 SMS 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6666999999912162028376710227577424642754
666799999910131723314779160441133725612892
000000999910131723314779160441133700
000000999911151925345790217608190100
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Grade: MS 68 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 7960
Owner: David Rappaport
 
Grade: MS 68 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 7960
Owner: lightningsquid
 
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