1964 D Half Dollar

Last updated: June, 02 2024

The 1964 D Kennedy Half Dollar is a 90% silver coin that is categorized as Semi-Key Date. Its worth up to $115.00 USD in MS-66 condition, but on average is selling for $16.50 USD. 1964 was the first year that Kennedy Half Dollar were issued. Even in one of the lowest grades like AU (Almost Uncirculated) this coin sells for $10.00 USD. The 1964 Half Dollar is the only 90% silver half dollar issued into general circulation.

1964 D Half Dollar
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  • Key: Semi-Key Date
  • Year: 1964
  • Mint Mark: D
  • Type: Kennedy
  • Price: $10.00-$115.00+
  • Face Value: 0.50 USD
  • Produced: 156,205,000
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Silver Content: 90%
  • Silver Weight: .3617 oz.
  • Melt Value: $11.44

Notes: There are a few key points to remember in regards to the 1964 Kennedy Half dollar and they are...

  • -Type I & Type 2 reverses
  • -Proofs are minted at Philadelphia
  • -90% silver
  • -Accent Hair FS-401 worth more

Key Points 1964 Half Dollar(Click to Enlarge Image)

Type 1 vs Type 2 Reverse

The main differences between the type 1 and type 2 reverse are as follows.

Type 1
  • Eagle feathers more detailed
  • Arrows feathers are also more detailed
  • Shield - lines on the shield are more crisp and distinct.
Type 2
  • Eagle feathers less detailed
  • Arrows feathers are also less detailed
  • Shield - lines on the shield are more dull.

1964 Half Dollar Reverse Types(1964 Half Dollar Reverse Types)

We have tried our best here to help differentiate the differences between the two types. It's easier in person, and a bit harder to illustrate examples online. Use the reference above, as just that, a reference.

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.

Key Points 1964 Half Dollar(Click to Enlarge Image)

Double Die Half Dollar Error(Double Die Half Dollar Error)

Is My 1964 50c Kennedy A Proof?

Use the guide below to help you decide if your coin is a proof or not. Proofs are generally better struck with more fine hair detail. They are also polished to a mirror like finish.

How to tell if 1964 Half is Proof

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Anonymous: Where is the mint mark or does this coin not have one also? Posted: May 26, 2024 12:54 pm

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Admin : Thanks for posting! As usual P has no mint mark, but this page is dedicated to the 1964 D Kennedy Half Dollar and it's mint mark is located on the reverse left just below the talon holding the olive branch. Hope this helps! 1964 D Mint Mark 50c Happy Memorial day weekend by the way. Reply posted: May 26, 2024 1:01 pm

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Admin : 1964 D Kennedy Half Dollar values and details updated. Post any and all questions and comments regarding this 50c coin here. Thanks! Posted: June 6, 2024 6:23 pm

How much is a 1964 D Half Dollar worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around $10.00, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $115 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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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.

Most Valuable

The most valuable Kennedy Half Dollar's. Prices listed are for MS-65 certified. Visit the link to learn more about each coin.

Image Year Mint Worth
Kennedy Half Dollar 2014 W $3k
Kennedy Half Dollar 1964 D $115
Kennedy Half Dollar 2014 W $105
Kennedy Half Dollar 1995 S $82
Kennedy Half Dollar 1970 S $80
Kennedy Half Dollar 2019 S $80
Kennedy Half Dollar 1997 S $67
Kennedy Half Dollar 1965 $65
Kennedy Half Dollar 1969 D $65
Kennedy Half Dollar 1970 D $65
Kennedy Half Dollar 1964 $55
Kennedy Half Dollar 1969 S $55
Kennedy Half Dollar 1967 $50
Kennedy Half Dollar 1999 S $48
Kennedy Half Dollar 1971 $46
Kennedy Half Dollar 1977 S $45
Kennedy Half Dollar 1971 S $43
Kennedy Half Dollar 1996 S $41
Kennedy Half Dollar 1987 S $40
Kennedy Half Dollar 1994 S $37
Kennedy Half Dollar 1987 D $35
Kennedy Half Dollar 1993 S $32
Kennedy Half Dollar 1977 $30
Kennedy Half Dollar 1977 D $30
Kennedy Half Dollar 1987 P $30
Kennedy Half Dollar 1973 S $27
Kennedy Half Dollar 1968 S $26
Kennedy Half Dollar 1979 S $25
Kennedy Half Dollar 1985 S $25
Kennedy Half Dollar 1998 S $25
Kennedy Half Dollar 2001 S $24
Kennedy Half Dollar 1971 D $23
Kennedy Half Dollar 1966 $20
Kennedy Half Dollar 1985 D $20
Kennedy Half Dollar 1985 P $20
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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Are 1964 D 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 worth $1.44 less than the intrinsic value from silver content of $11.44, this coin is thus more valuable to a silver bug than to a coin collector. You will most likely find however that it is hard to get a coin for less than spot price. At least that has been our experience. Want more info? Then read Coin Collecting Investment an article that details the benefits of coin collecting as a way to build wealth..

Current silver melt value* for a 1985 P Kennedy is $11.44 and this price is based off the current silver spot price of $31.64 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.