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: $2.51 (10/23/2017)
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: 12/7/2016

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1965 SMS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 4.00 4.75 6.25 7.50 10.00 17.00 37.00 70.00 335 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 20.00 55.00 150 -
1965 SMS 50C MS Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 10.00 16.00 28.00 115 235 585 3800 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 35.00 135 260 850 -
1965 SMS 50C MS Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 500 875 2650 7300 30000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 550 1100 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 11888
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 69


Upcoming Auctions

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Date
Grade
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Sale / Lot
11/4/2017 MS 68  Cameo Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1261/Lot# 17232
11/4/2017 MS 67  Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1261/Lot# 17233


Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/8/2003 PCGS MS 68   Cameo Teletrade Auction 1816, 1816/Lot# 1446 $2,145.00
7/30/2007 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 163, 168/Lot# 1314 $16.10
3/3/2009 PCGS MS 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #29032, 29032/Lot# 22402 $161.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 66   Cameo Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1466 $86.25
6/17/2012 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/17/2012, 27/Lot# 55064 $18.56
11/11/2012 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/11/2012, 48/Lot# 83544 $26.00
7/26/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3534, 6113/Lot# 20314 $129.25
9/3/2017 NGC MS 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131737/Lot# 23302 $264.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1965 SMS 50C MS Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1616202020242424242828283237631154377741450363940245417
1617202021242424252828293446802225499992180376744880
0000002424252828293446802225499992180376700
00000024242728283135549833066212252909389600
1965 SMS 50C MS Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20202424242828282832323237374371138155828344512796086449997
202124242528282829323234371706711278198333935661818890950
000000282829323234371706711278198333935661818800
000000282831323235373049041418240939536811841600
1965 SMS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1216162020202020202020202424283763123237106623353281
1316172020202020202020212425314683161513148926500
0000002020202020212425314683161513148900
00000020202020202324273454103199790191200
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Grade: MS 67 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 4512
Owner: Bob Len
 
Grade: MS 67 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 4512
Owner: connie bruner
 
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