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: $2.64 (9/19/2019)
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: 6/18/2019

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1966 SMS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 5.25 5.50 6.75 6.75 10.00 15.00 30.00 75.00 320 1350 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 100.00 -
1966 SMS 50C MS Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 9.00 15.00 25.00 60.00 110 160 1180 3750 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 75.00 125 340 -
1966 SMS 50C MS Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 125 250 510 675 1900 14500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 150 285 540 1150 3200 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 17828
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: 9/17/2019 1966 SMS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------12-1517140449315310474143519-15696
--------------1155519434--290
-----------------1233--27
-----------------------
Total---------12-1518141454320910691147219-16013
 ---------0 %0 %-0 %0 %0 %1 %3 %20 %67 %9 %0 %- 
1966 SMS 50C MS Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------3-2314654310471907-1959
-----------------12302--44
-----------------1----1
-----------------------
Total-------------3-2314655610771927-2004
 -------------0 %-1 %7 %28 %54 %10 %0 %- 
1966 SMS 50C MS Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------211469321--173
-----------------------
-----------------111--3
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Total---------------211479422--176
 ---------------1 %6 %27 %53 %13 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/11/2007 NGC MS 68   Cameo Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1538 $219.00
9/5/2010 NGC MS 66   Cameo Teletrade Auction 2919, 2919/Lot# 2159 $32.00
6/10/2012 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/10/2012, 26/Lot# 55066 $15.59
7/29/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131232/Lot# 20975 $26.00
10/28/2012 NGC MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/28/2012, 46/Lot# 79400 $159.50
4/28/2013 PCGS MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 749, 758/Lot# 662 $140.00
3/31/2014 NGC MS 69   Stack's Bowers The April 2014 April Hong Kong, 6009/Lot# 30400 $1,673.00
8/10/2016 NGC MS 68   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(3), 1238/Lot# 5030 $10,575.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1966 SMS 50C MS Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base91616161616161616162428323767115258426661216124093296
1116161616161616161925293447831633145041161224427050
0000001616161925293447831633145041161224400
0000001616162127313557992103705831661232600
1966 SMS 50C MS Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1224242424242424242428324159469774124216272754676771418610
16242424242424242425293547196571930137020034092689276310
00000024242425293547196571930137020034092689200
000000242424273138533326721086149923785429701600
1966 SMS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base91616161616161616162020242832417213527887423683303
1116161616161616161720212529355193183477137226800
0000001616161720212529355193183477137200
00000016161619202327313862114230675187000
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Grade: MS 68 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 6767
Owner: J.D.A.
 
Grade: MS 68 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 6767
Owner: lightningsquid
 
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