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Superb NGC-certified Franklin and Kennedy Halves on Cover of New Book in September 21 Auction

Posted on 9/18/2023

Rare Collectibles TV offers coins from Whitman Publishing’s just-released A Guide Book of Franklin & Kennedy Half Dollars 4th Edition by Rick Tomaska

Four superb-quality Franklin and Kennedy Silver Half Dollars certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company® (NGC®) and featured on the front cover of a new reference book will be offered in a live television auction by Rare Collectibles TV on September 21, 2023.

The illustrated, 248-page A Guide Book of Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars Fourth Edition by longtime professional numismatist and award-winning author Rick Tomaska, and with a foreword by the esteemed Q. David Bowers, is now available. Tomaska is a co-founder of Rare Collectibles TV.

Produced by Whitman Publishing, it contains updated pricing information for premium quality and Rick Tomaska Signature Series coins as well as new research, including a chapter about one of the rarest United States coins of the 20th century, the 1964-P Specimen Kennedy Half Dollar.

The Specimen 1964 Kennedy Half, which is graded NGC SP 67+, is depicted on the book’s cover and was recently sold by Rare Collectibles TV to a collector for more than $100,000.

“We are delighted to now offer the four other book cover coins as well as about two dozen additional, outstanding rarities in a live television public auction,” Tomaska said. “It will be conducted on Thursday, September 21, at 5 p.m. Pacific (8 p.m. Eastern) on DIRECTV 222, Dish channels 85 and 224, Shop Zeal 1, YouTube and at RCTV is the only place where you can buy my exclusive Tomaska Signed Label Franklin and Kennedy rare and stunning coins.”

The reference book’s cover coins in the auction are:

  • a 1957-D Franklin Half Dollar graded NGC MS 67 ★ FBL: “On both obverse and reverse, this is simply the most beautiful high-grade 1957-D I have ever seen,” said Tomaska. “This coin is from a Mint set, and most mint set-toned 1957-D’s have lackluster dull toning. This specimen exhibits the most beautiful toning for a 1957-D. Both the obverse and reverse are equally stunning! On a scale of 1 to 10, this is as close to a perfect 10 as any 1957-D known! And it is MS 67 FBL. There are no MS 68s!”
  • a 1960 Franklin Half Dollar graded NGC PF 69 Ultra Cameo: “This 1960 has one of the biggest cameos ever seen on a Proof Franklin Half Dollar. I believe it has to be one of the earliest strikes, perhaps the first 10 to 20 coins, to have the cameo contrast you see on this coin. And it’s a PF 69. Most of the known early strike examples have a few hairlines or milk spots. This specimen is perfect,” stated Tomaska.
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  • a 1967 Special Mint Set Kennedy Half Dollar, T-70, graded NGC MS 68 Ultra Cameo: “This is the finest-known specimen,” explained Tomaska. “Only the earliest examples in the Special Mint Sets (SMS) produced from 1965 to 1967 displayed the level of cameo contrast you see on this coin. SMS coins were not individually handled as were proof coins, but were just dumped into bins. So, for this earliest strike to survive in essentially flawless MS 68 is miraculous!”
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  • a 1970-D Kennedy Half Dollar, NGC MS 67: “The 1970-D is the lowest-mintage silver Mint State Kennedy made in the last year Kennedy Half Dollars with any silver content were struck for circulation. In over 30 years of going through literally tens of thousands of original sets, I have never found a specimen as flawless as this amazing coin. There are no MS 68 examples,” said Tomaska.

A Guide Book of Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars Fourth Edition is available from Rare Collectibles TV for $29.

For additional information about the auction, visit For additional information about the book and to purchase a copy, visit

This is a guest article. The thoughts and opinions in the piece are those of their author and are not necessarily the thoughts of the Certified Collectibles Group.

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