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Kennedy Half Dollar Die Varieties (1964 to date)

When the Kennedy half dollar debuted in March of 1964, the circulation of this type of coin was already dwindling. In fact, the first year's production of Kennedy half dollars was almost entirely hoarded by speculators and those seeking souvenirs of the martyred president. Combined with a great reduction in the silver content of the half dollar beginning in 1965, the result was an almost total removal from circulation of half dollar coins. Thus, this type is rarely seen in grades below Extremely Fine.

Collecting Kennedy Half Dollars by date and mint is easy and relatively inexpensive. Only in the highest grades are these coins scarce, though a handful of dates stand out as being elusive even at the MS-65 level.

Collectors will find much of interest in Kennedy half dollar die varieties, as both the proofs and currency strikes are rich in doubled and even tripled dies. Another popular Kennedy half dollar variety is the 1964 proof with extra lines in Kennedy's hair, known as the "Accented Hair" die variety. Several repunched mintmark varieties of the inaugural 1964 issue are also popular with mintmark variety enthusiasts.

The most desirable Kennedy half dollar die varieties are catalogued in VarietyPlus, and this includes the majority of Cherrypicker listings. Specialists will enjoy the Wiles book, as it includes a much more extensive listing of minor varieties.

In addition to the Kennedy half dollar varieties listed below, NGC also provides information on other half dollar varieties:

Early Half Dollar Varieties (1794-1807) | Early Half Dollar Varieties (1807-1821) | Early Half Dollar Varieties (1822-1828) | Early Half Dollar Varieties (1829-1836) | Reeded Edge Half Dollar Varieties (1836-1839) | Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891) | Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915) | Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947) | Franklin Half Dollar Varieties (1948-1963)

Denom.MS/PFDateFee*NGC LabelVarietyPlusCONECAFivaz-Stanton (NEW)Fivaz-Stanton (OLD)
50CMS1964 DDO$15FS-102VP-001DDO-007  
50CMS1964 DDR$15FS-801 DDR-001  
50CMS1964 D DDO$15FS-101VP-001DDO-001 FS-013.4
50CMS1964 D TDO$15FS-103VP-002DDO-003 FS-013.5
50CMS1964 D DDO$15FS-104 DDO-004  
50CMS1964 D QDO$15FS-105VP-003DDO-005 FS-013.6
50CMS1964 D DDO$15FS-106 DDO-006  
50CMS1964 D DDO$15FS-108 DDO-008  
50CMS1964 D DDO$15VP-006 DDO-009  
50CMS1964 D/D$15FS-501VP-005RPM-001  
50CMS1964 D/D$15FS-502VP-004RPM-002  
50CMS1964 D/D$15FS-503 RPM-003  
50CMS1965 DDR$15FS-802 DDR-004  
50CMS1965 SMS DDR$15FS-801 DDR-001  
50CMS1966 DDO$15FS-101VP-001DDO-005 FS-013.8
50CMS1966 DDO$15VP-007 DDO-008  
50CMS1966 SMS DDO$15FS-102 DDO-010  
50CMS1966 SMS DDO$15FS-103VP-002DDO-013 FS-013.8
50CMS1966 SMS DDO$15FS-104 DDO-019  
50CMS1966 SMS DDO$15FS-105 DDO-007  
50CMS1966 SMS DDO$15FS-106VP-005DDO-020  
50CMS1966 SMS DDO$15VP-003 DDO-016  
50CMS1966 SMS DDO$15VP-004 DDO-001  
50CMS1966 SMS DDO$15VP-006 DDO-018  
50CMS1966 SMS NO "FG"$15  ADR-001FS-901FS-013.9
50CMS1967 DDO$15FS-102 DDO-007  
50CMS1967 DDO$15FS-103 DDO-001  
50CMS1967 DDR$15FS-801 DDR-001  
50CMS1967 SMS QDO$15FS-101VP-001DDO-006  
50CMS1967 SMS NO "F"$15     
50CMS1971 D DDO$15FS-101VP-001DDO-004 FS-014.3
50CMS1971 D DDO$15FS-102VP-002DDO-006  
50CMS1972 DDO$15FS-101VP-001DDO-001  
50CMS1972 D NO "FG"$15   FS-901 
50CMS1973 D DDO$15FS-101VP-001DDO-001 FS-014.8
50CMS1974 D DDO$15FS-101VP-001DDO-001 FS-015
50CMS1776-1976 S SILVER DDO$15FS-101 DDO-001 FS-016
50CMS1977 D DDO$15FS-101VP-001DDO-001 FS-017
50CMS1982 P NO "FG"$15   FS-901 
50CMS1988 P NO "FG"$15 Unlisted   
50CPF1964 ACCENT HAIR-  ODV-001FS-401 
50CPF1964 ACCENT HAIR DDO$15FS-103 DDO-015  
50CPF1964 ACCENT HAIR QDR$15FS-802 DDR-003  
50CPF1964 TYPE 1 STRAIGHT G$15  RDV-001  
50CPF1964 DDO$15FS-101VP-001DDO-002 FS-013.2
50CPF1964 DDO$15FS-104 DDO-021  
50CPF1964 QDO$15FS-105 DDO-035  
50CPF1964 TDO$15VP-002 TDO-009  
50CSP1964 -     
50CPF1968 S DDO$15FS-101VP-001DDO-002 FS-014
50CPF1968 S/S$15VP-002 RPM-001  
50CPF1968 S$15SERIF S/KNOB S VP-003    
50CPF1968 S INVERT S$15   FS-511 
50CPF1970 S DDO$15FS-101VP-001DDO-005  
50CPF1970 S DDO$15FS-102 DDO-002  
50CPF1970 S DDO$15VP-002 DDO-001  
50CPF1971 S DDO$15FS-101VP-002DDO-004  
50CPF1971 S DDO$15FS-102VP-001DDO-006 FS-014.5
50CPF1971 S DDO$15FS-103 DDO-008  
50CPF1971 S DDO$15VP-003 DDO-005  
50CPF1971 S DDO$15VP-004 DDO-009  
50CPF1776-1976 S CLAD-     
50CPF1776-1976 S CLAD DDR$15FS-801 DDR-001  
50CPF1776-1976 S SILVER-     
50CPF1979 S TYPE 1-     
50CPF1979 S TYPE 2-     
50CPF1981 S TYPE 1-     
50CPF1981 S TYPE 2-     
50CPF1988 S DDO$15FS-101VP-001DDO-001 FS-021
50CPF1992 S DDO SILVER$15FS-101VP-001DDO-001 FS-023
50CSP1998 S SILVER-     

* In order to have the above varieties requiring the $15 fee designated by NGC, VarietyPlus service must be requested at time of grading. VarietyPlus service is also available for coins already encapsulated by NGC. For coins where the fee column is blank, no VarietyPlus charge is required to have your coin designated during grading. For coins marked $15, a $15 surcharge applies to the tier fee during grading, or a $15 fee applies to have the VarietyPlus designation added to any coin already graded and encapsulated by NGC.
Fivaz, Bill & J.T. Stanton, Ken Potter, Editor. The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties, 5th Edition, Volume 2. Whitman Publishing, Atlanta, 2012
Wiles, James, Ph.D. The Kennedy Half Dollar Book: An Attribution and Pricing Guide. Stanton Printing & Publishing, Savannah, GA, 1998