Coin Specifications

Category: Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,360,000
Catalog: KM-202a
Obverse Designer: Gilroy Roberts
Reverse Designer: Frank Gasparro
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.4000
Weight: 11.5g
ASW: 0.1479oz
Melt Value: $2.83 (9/27/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 5/4/2016

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1965 SMS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 4.00 4.75 6.25 7.50 10.00 16.00 35.00 65.00 325 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 20.00 55.00 150 -
1965 SMS 50C MS Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 10.00 16.00 28.00 110 225 575 3750 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 35.00 135 250 850 -
1965 SMS 50C MS Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 500 875 2600 7250 30000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 550 1100 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 10803
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 69


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/27/2004 PCGS MS 68   Teletrade Auction 1980, 1980/Lot# 1884 $275.00
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 318 $1,207.50
3/6/2006 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 77, 82/Lot# 806 $16.10
4/26/2006 PCGS MS 65   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2006 April (CSNS) Signature Auction #404, 404/Lot# 3164 $920.00
6/25/2006 PCGS MS 67   Teletrade Auction 2223, 2223/Lot# 1749 $44.00
12/14/2011 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 3190, 3190/Lot# 1723 $100.00
6/2/2013 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 119797 $10.51
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
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base69999999999912121637545631762391962328134
7999999999910121323422239622481469068660
0000009999910121323422239622481469000
00000099999111214304839313623200546100
1965 SMS 50C MS Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1616202020242424242828283237631154377741450363940245417
1617202021242424252828293446802225499992180376744880
0000002424252828293446802225499992180376700
00000024242728283135549833066212252909389600
1965 SMS 50C MS Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base202024242428282828323232373743711381558280748177960864411047
202124242528282829323234371706711278197434775865818894450
000000282829323234371706711278197434775865818800
000000282831323235373049041418239141476912841600
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Grade: MS 67 UC
Points: 4817
Owner: James Wilkerson
 
Grade: MS 67 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 4817
Owner: RHF
 
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