Coin Specifications

Category: Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,261,583
Obverse Designer: Gilroy Roberts
Reverse Designer: Frank Gasparro
Composition: Silver
Weight: 11.5g
ASW: 0.1479oz
Melt Value: $2.80 (8/29/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1966 SMS 50C MS obverse 1966 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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1966 SMS 50C MS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 4.00 4.75 6.25 7.50 10.00 15.00 30.00 60.00 375 1800 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 100.00 -
1966 SMS 50C MS Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 9.00 15.00 25.00 55.00 105 185 1450 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 70.00 120 325 -
1966 SMS 50C MS Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 125 250 525 825 3200 19500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 150 285 625 1150 3900 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 13967
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 69


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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7/22/1998 PCGS MS 68   Teletrade Auction 1069, 1069/Lot# 1551 $98.10
2/11/2007 NGC MS 68   Cameo Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1538 $219.00
7/16/2007 NGC MS 67   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 159, 164/Lot# 1325 $104.65
6/16/2008 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2544, 2544/Lot# 1532 $78.40
1/20/2009 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #29014, 29014/Lot# 24419 $64.00
8/10/2011 NGC MS 69   Teletrade Auction 3117, 3117/Lot# 1341 $1,035.00
7/21/2013 NGC MS 68   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 125471 $99.00
3/30/2015 NGC MS 67   Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3527, 6096/Lot# 21089 $99.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1966 SMS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base612121212121212121216162024283763123288106623353281
812121212121212121316172125314683178547148926500
0000001212121316172125314683178547148900
00000012121215161923273454103233807191200
1966 SMS 50C MS Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base202020202020202024242424283772111255437990288532074389
2020202020202021242424253149851593166211622299236010
0000002021242424253149851593166211622299200
0000002023242424273460982073768062253310000
1966 SMS 50C MS Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base941061191191311471631791982162372622883145021206143823553525600765748374
981101191231361521681852042232452712973777371283174427454352619671740
0000001681852042232452712973777371283174427454352619600
0000001741922102302542793054399711361204931355180638500
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Grade: MS 68 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 6089
Owner: J.D.A.
 
Grade: MS 68 UC
Points: 6089
Owner: James Wilkerson
 
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