Coin Specifications

Category: Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,632,810
Obverse Designer: Gilroy Roberts
Reverse Designer: Frank Gasparro
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.4000
Weight: 11.5000g
ASW: 0.1479oz
Melt Value: $3.83 (6/22/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1970 S 50C PF obverse 1970 S 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The speculative frenzy over the proof sets of 1968 and 1969 had abated somewhat by the time orders were being taken for the 1970 sets, and this resulted in a slight drop in sales. This may have led to some regrets when it turned out that there would be no 1970-dated half dollars made for general circulation. The aftermarket value of the 1970-S proof set soon rose to several multiples of issue price. This speculation lasted for only about two or three years, after which the value settled down, while still remaining above that of the 1968-69 sets.

The quality of the 1970-S half dollars is a bit lower than that for 1969-S, but this is due mostly to the obverse master die used for both the MS and PF halves of that year. The details are less distinct, with the letters appearing a bit puffy and almost blurred. Nevertheless, gems are common through PF-69, with a fair number of Cameo and Ultra Cameo examples to meet the needs of most collectors.

Varieties include a few very nice doubled-die obverses, while the DDRs are quite minor.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 1/31/2017

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1970 S 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 4.00 4.75 6.25 9.00 11.00 13.00 17.00 22.00 28.00 40.00 -
1970 S 50C PF CA
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 7.75 8.00 9.00 11.00 14.00 18.00 22.00 28.00 35.00 90.00 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 30.00 40.00
1970 S 50C PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 14.00 17.00 25.00 35.00 40.00 75.00 430 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 45.00 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9833
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1970 S 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------253174915512751592768-3866
----------------214225409237-887
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Total------------2531751169150020011005-4753
 ------------0%0%0%0%1%4%32%42%21%- 
1970 S 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------31823106113017431026-4049
----------------217187335231-772
------------------1---1
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Total--------------31825123131820781257-4822
 --------------0%0%1%3%27%43%26%- 
1970 S 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------12956414920516-1918
------------------129-12
------------------21--3
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Total--------------12956417923525-1933
 --------------0%0%0%3%22%48%27%- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1970 S 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base336699121220202428283241547289115143336820
3467910121520212528293545607898124207497861
00000012152021252829354560789812420700
000000121720232728313850668310613427200
1970 S 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base669912121616242428323741546710214316328810362124
6791012131619242529343845587911615020553713992230
0000001619242529343845587911615020553700
0000001621242731354050639012915624678700
1970 S 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33669912121212121216203241506789115163502
346791012121212121317243544567498131276527
0000001212121212131724354456749813100
00000012121212121519283847618210614700
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Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 1399
Owner: Bob Len
 
Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 1399
Owner: David Rappaport
 
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