1964 kennedy

A 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar sold for a world record $108,000, making it the most expensive coin of its type, during a public auction of rare U.S. Coins held Thursday, April 25, 2019, by Heritage Auctions. The rare example of the rather common piece of pocket change is one of about a dozen special issues struck in 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper for special coin sets issued by the U.S. Mint during the mid-1960s.

The sale smashed the $47,000 previous world record price, set by Heritage Auctions in 2016. Both the seller and the winning bidder wish to remain anonymous at this time. Heritage Auctions presented the coin at an auction during the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) Convention just outside of Chicago in Schaumburg, Illinois.

“This is the ‘king of Kennedy half dollars,'” said Todd Imhof, Vice President at Heritage Auctions. “It seems we were very successful in attracting all the right bidders to this modern rarity and collectors did not want to miss the opportunity to own one of the United States’ rarest Kennedy Half Dollars.”

Special mint set coins are characterized by a better-than-average strike, the result of higher-tonnage coin presses than those used for coins intended for general circulation. The example sold at auction on Thursday is valued for its rarity as well as its unique, satiny surface condition.


  1. Charles (or anyone else at Coinweek),

    Have any of you had the opportunity to personally see one of these dozen or so SMS 1964 Kennedy halves? Is it obvious there is something different about them? I ask because it’s pretty tough, just looking at photos. I’d like to think that seeing one “in the hand” would instantly reveal something.

  2. i May have one but not sure. The toning looks like the picture and under a bright light i see a vague hint of copper around the edge.

    • Highly unlikely to near-impossible. These were only relatively recently found to even exist, since 2000 at the longest. It is another one of those “Mint insider” things almost like aluminum 1974 cents. They aren’t randomly out there.

  3. The color is blotchy with dark grey and lite silver on mine, but im still not sure. I owed at least a 100 1964 uncirculated and a few proofs but this one looks different from the others and appears to be uncirculated.

  4. I have a 1969 Kennedy half dollar that’s 90 percent silver, and is also proof. Wondering what this could be worth. ?

    • It’s very doubtful but not impossible that your coin was somehow struck on a leftover 90% silver planchet rather than the 40% silver clad composition normally used that year. If you have a good scale you can do a preliminary test by checking the coin’s weight: a 90% silver half has a nominal weight of 12.5 gm while a 40% silver version would be approximately 11.5 gm. Also, the 90% silver coins have a uniform edge while the 40 silver coins developed a grayish tinge over time; however, that’s not as accurate a test as the coin’s weight.

      If you think your coin is actually 90% silver you should have it examined by one of the major grading companies.

  5. Recently procured a doubly die 1967 kennedy head half dollar want to know where I can sell it at in illinois

  6. I may have found a Set where can I upload a picture so someone can tell me if this is it SMS 5 coins in plastic tight package 1964

  7. The Public was eagerly buying and hording the 1964 Kennedy Half Dollars, back in the day. Proof Sets, Uncirculated Sets, and General Production of Halves that were heavily circulated in those days. Yes, people carried and used half dollars.
    You are saying that a dozen coins were struck with a higher tonnage of pressure. How is that possible and why was there no mention of this back then. All 1964 Kennedy halves were 90% silver. I can accept the “Accented Hair” from the possibility of fresh dies, but how does it happen that a dozen coins get stamped with additional tonnage on the press?
    That does not make sense. This was not the middle ages, the mints had controls in place. Is it a Rarity or Fake or just one of a dozen MS70 coins with all the rest being sub par?

    • There were about a dozen SMS sets created, and there is NEARLY perfect knowledge where all pf them are. They didn’t “escape” waiting to found by sharp-eyed collectors. Sorry, this just isn’t that kind of thing.

  8. I think I have one of the coins that sold for 47,000. It has the grape hanging on the 4 and all the other stuff. I need help with some of these half dollars if you could. Thanks

  9. Hello , I’m very new at this coin collecting and still learning . I have a Kennedy 1964 half dollar it’s very shiny the edge like silver so is this 90% silver ? I have also a 1776-1976 half dollar but it’s not as shiny it has copper edge.. they both in a very mint condition nice and clean .

  10. I have a 1964 uncirculated Kennedy half dollar in a sealed plastic wrap. I see no copper coloring on the edge front or reverse. Is this one of them?

  11. I have one exactly the same and is uncirculated thing is it has the mint mark of D so can someone tell me how much is it worth?


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