By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ……
Kennedy half dollars are among the most popular United States coins, offering a wide variety of common dates, conditional rarities, and notable varieties. Among these varieties are the No FG Kennedy half dollars, which lack the “FG” initials of the coin’s reverse designer Frank Gasparro. No FG Kennedy half dollars are popular with series specialists and have been for years.
These peculiar varieties are born from heavy die polishing, which was intended to remove clash marks. Sometimes, United States Mint employees became a bit overzealous with this and abraded the “FG” initials off the die entirely. No FG coins rank as among the most important varieties to Kennedy half dollar enthusiasts, often collected alongside the 1964 Heavily Accented Hair Proof Kennedy half and the 1974-D Doubled Die Obverse Kennedy half . One of the most intriguing characteristics of the No FG variety is that it can potentially be found on any issue in the series – leading to many cherrypicking opportunities for keen-eyed collectors.
Those who are looking for No FG varieties need only flip their Kennedy half dollars over to their reverses. Gasparro’s “FG” initials are located just under the eagle’s left leg (the right side, in the viewer’s eye), above and to the right of the tailfeathers and to the left of the bundled arrows. If the FG initials can’t be found under 5x magnification, then the coin is a No FG variety. However, there must be no trace of the FG initials – light indications of the lettering do not count as a No FG variety, and numismatists don’t presently recognize “Weak FG” as a variety. Often the surrounding details, including the eagle’s tailfeathers and stars, are also found weaker on No FG pieces.
While the No FG variety can potentially be found on any Kennedy half, there are particular issues on which the No FG is both widely attributed and quite valuable, too. The most sought-after examples include the 1966 SMS, 1972-D, and 1982-P No FG Kennedy half dollars. These varieties have been long documented by collectors and are also recognized by PCGS.
The 1966 SMS No FG Kennedy half is among the scarcer No FG halfs. Presently, PCGS has graded 271 examples ranging SP62 to SP68, with prices of approximately $200 for an SP65 example up to $2,365 for a PCGS SP68 that traded hands in 2014.
Meanwhile, the rarest of these varieties is the 1972-D No FG Kennedy half. PCGS has graded 68 examples ranging from the moderately circulated grade of XF40 up to MS64+. Few auction records exist for this variety, but prices for an uncirculated specimen routinely march well into the hundreds of dollars, with the rare Choice Brilliant Uncirculated or Gem-level pieces realizing thousands of dollars. One of the most recent choice examples to command big bucks is a PCGS-graded MS63 1972-D No FG Kennedy half dollar that realized $2,485.13 in 2016.
The 1982-P No FG Kennedy half dollar is much more common than either the preceding 1966 SMS or 1972-D No FG varieties and is one of the most well-known examples of this variety. To date, PCGS has graded 329 examples, with most of these in the MS65 grade range. Prices for the 1982-P No FG in MS65 hover around $75, and one of the two PCGS-graded MS67 specimens took $2,820 in a 2016 auction.
No FG Kennedy halfss are often collected as part of a larger series run, though there are plenty of numismatists who pursue only varieties such as these. PCGS Registry Set collectors will find accommodations for the 1966 SMS No FG Kennedy half dollar in the Kennedy Half Dollars with Major Varieties, Proof (1964-Present) Registry Set.
Those who wish to include the 1972-D No FG Kennedy half dollars will find a home for them it in the Kennedy Half Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1964-Present) Registry Set. There is also the combined Kennedy Half Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1964-Present) Registry Set that gathers together the proofs and business strikes into one large virtual cabinet.
Meanwhile, the 1982-P No FG Kenendy half can be included in the Kennedy Half Dollars Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1964-Present) Registry Set, an ambitious assemblage of more than 150 coins that also includes the 1972-D No FG and a number of rare and more obscure doubled dies.
Hello! I have a no fg 1972 half dollar, that is real but not in the best shape, is it still worth anything?
I have a 1982 p no FG in very good Condition also a 1974 d in very good condition along with a 82 n 83 with the FG very faintly seen but otherwise in very good condition as well. Can I get them graded for value please help. Thank you
I have 2 half dollar jfk coind without those initials. In fair condition. Worth anything?
I got a 77 debating on sending it to get a grade. Its expensive tho
doubtful. check again.
Thanks very helpful among my journey of historical coin’s and paper money I know nothing much of there full information thanks I’m learning
1982 no fg really great shape found here in attic of an old shotgun house we remodeled and currently live. In a tin can we found over 20 half dollar coins I’ve given out to my son and nephews. They are currently looking at theirs to see if they have no fg too
I have a 1964 ,1968 ,1969 D mark and the fg initial are the worth anything
My bad the 1964 one has the fg not the D mark
I have a 1972 no mint mark and no evidence of fg ever having been there
Hello, I have a 1974-D Kennedy Half Dollar that is Obvious DDR in beautiful condition, absolutely no trace of ‘FG’ initials. I am getting it graded on the spot on the 16th in Rosemont, IL. Any one interested? Ante up.
I have a 1964 Kennedy half dollar fg no d no s. Is it worth anything?
I have a 1664 Kennedy half dollar
It is an FG in uncirculated pristine condition.
I’d like to know the value of it.
Also, I have 2 Kennedy half dollars
In good condition. Do these hold any value?