Coin Specifications

Category: Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,261,583
Obverse Designer: Gilroy Roberts
Reverse Designer: Frank Gasparro
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.4000
Weight: 11.5000g
ASW: 0.1479oz
Melt Value: $2.52 (11/20/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 12/7/2016

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1966 SMS 50C MS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 4.00 4.75 6.25 7.50 10.00 16.00 30.00 65.00 385 1800 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 100.00 -
1966 SMS 50C MS Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 9.00 15.00 25.00 60.00 110 190 1450 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 75.00 125 325 -
1966 SMS 50C MS Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 125 250 525 835 3300 19500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 150 285 625 1150 4000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 15159
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 66
High Grade: 69


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Auction Prices Realized

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7/1/1996 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 0854, 854/Lot# 1644 $20.75
4/13/1998 NGC MS 67   Teletrade Auction 1040, 1040/Lot# 1622 $17.75
7/30/2007 NGC MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 163, 168/Lot# 1315 $16.10
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2268 $287.50
10/9/2011 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131142/Lot# 26197 $26.00
12/9/2012 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 88107 $24.00
6/16/2014 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20521 $14.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1966 SMS 50C MS Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base81941021061231311431551711902092342582784561115119022053322570462507986
85971031121261351471601771962172422653376761140152825774116588668290
0000001471601771962172422653376761140152825774116588600
0000001511661842032262502713978951165186729504910606800
1966 SMS 50C MS Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base94106119123131147163179198216237262288314502798143816683525712977608374
981101201261361521681852042232452712973776011011151522874726733979650
0000001681852042232452712973776011011151522874726733900
0000001741922102302542793054396991225159129065928755000
1966 SMS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base728594981111191311431591751942162372584231051126120973176548660167706
7688951021141231351481641812012232443136321121154024573946566365790
0000001351481641812012232443136321121154024573946566300
0000001391541701882092302513688421191181828164716583900
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Grade: MS 68 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 7129
Owner: J.D.A.
 
Grade: MS 69 CA
Points: 6250
Owner: Dr. Naranjo Collection
 
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