1964 was the first and only year that the Kennedy Half Dollar was minted in 90% silver. This coin was minted after his assassination, and some of the 1964 proofs have the Accented Hair. Kennedys wife requested the changes be made so that his hair would look better. Those are valued at between $100 and $1500 depending on the condition and the market. Key date. High value listed would be for a coin in perfect condition, certified, and never having seen circulation.
Accented hair specimens are found in 1964 proof sets or loose 1964 P Proof Halves. Jacqueline Kennedy requested JFKs hair to be improved upon. The US mint made the improvements to the die and struck what is now termed as accented hair half dollars. See the image below for reference.
This section is more for experienced collectors only, and rates refer only to professionally graded and slabbed coins. If you are new to collecting the prices below may not make much sense.
Breakdown of pricing per condition for 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar as follows.
- Deep Cameo on the proofs sometimes listed as DCAM, Ultra Cameo, and toning on original 1964 90% silver Kennedy half dollars will make a slight improvement to the rates listed below.
- Grade MS61 = $2-$4
- Grade MS62 = $4-$6
- Grade MS63 = $5-$9
- Grade MS64 = $8-$13
- Grade MS65 = $15-$25
- Grade MS66 = $45-$75
- Grade MS67 = $53-$88
- Grade PR67 = $26-$44
- Grade PR68 = $38-$63
- Grade PR69 = $75-$125
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Henry H.: Im not sure if my 1964 Kennedy has accented hair or not? Help please. Looking to sell this to a dealer and dont want to get robbed by them. Approved: 2022-10-05 20:08:53
Admin: Hello there Henry. Thanks for posting to CoinTrackers.com we've attached a image as reference. Even with said image attached, it may be difficult to decipher. Your best option might be to go to multiple dealers and ask them what they think. If they both say it's accented hair, then it probably is. Hope this helps you out, if not please let us know.
How much is a 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar worth?
This section is more of a layman's guide, for those new to collecting.
In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around $10.00, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $45 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say Average Circulated, we mean in a similar condition to other coins circulated in 1964, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].
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Overall Specs & Design
This coin has a total mass of 11.34 g, a diameter of 30.6 mm, and a thickness of 2.15 mm. It's edge is Reeded, and the coins are composed of 1971 - Present 75% copper, 25% nickel, 1965-1970 40% silver 60% copper, 1964 - 90% Silver 10% copper.
Designer: Gilroy Roberts and Frank Gasparro
Front (Obverse): The front or coin obverse contains the profile of John F. Kennedy gazing to the left. The words In GOD We Trust and Liberty are engraved. Mint marks are located to the bottom center of the bust. The date is present as well.
Back (Reverse): Contains a bald eagle grasping 13 arrow in its right claw, and am olive branch also containing 13 olives. A shield protects the eagles chest. 13 stars radiate along lines stemming from the eagles wings. These represent the original 13 colonies. The words United States of America and Half Dollar are present and engraved on the reverse as well.
P, D, S, W mint marks are present on coins. The initials FG stand for Frank Gasparro the designer of the coins reverse.
Are 1964 Kennedy Half Dollars Silver?
Yes! Kennedy Half Dollar's produced in 1964 are 90% silver to be precise, and contain .3617 troy oz or 11.25 grams in total of .999 pure silver. Silver weight is measured in troy ounces. Troy ounces weigh about 2 grams more than the standard ounce. CoinTrackers has built a tool that will let you know if your coin is silver or not. The tool is called Is My Coin Silver?.
Numismatic vs Intrinsic Value:
This coin in poor condition is still worth $1.47 more than the intrinsic value from silver content of $8.53, this coin is thus more valuable to a collector than to a silver bug. Coins worth more to a collectors may be a better long term investment. If the metal prices drop you will still have a coin that a numismatic would want to buy.
Current silver melt value* for a 2002 D Kennedy is $8.53 and this price is based off the current silver spot price of $23.59 This value is dynamic so bookmark it and comeback for an up to the minute silver melt value.
***Price subject to standard supply and demand laws, dealer premiums, and other market variations. Prices represent past values fetched at online auctions, estate sales, certified coins being sold by dealers, and user submitted values. While we wholeheartedly try to give honest price estimates there are many factors besides appearance, metal content, and rarity that help make up the coins overall value. Call or visit your local coin dealer for more information.
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