The 1964 Kennedy Half dollars have value as both numismatic coins and as silver bullion. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1964 Half Dollar

Specifications

Type: Kennedy Half Dollar
Year: 1964
Face Value: $0.50
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .36169 oz.
Total Weight: 12.5 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $6.01

The US minted the 1964 half dollar with no mint mark and also the 1964 D half dollar. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin.

History

The Kennedy half dollars were minted in order to memorialize the late president John F. Kennedy. Congress authorized the minting of this coin about a month after Kennedy's tragic assassination. Production of these coins started in January 1964 and right away they became popular with collectors.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1964 Philadelphia 273,304,004
1964 D Denver 156,205,446

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $6.01 as of December 11, 2019. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $16.63 per ounce.

The value of these coins isn't all that high because most of them were hoarded by collectors after they were released to the public. It was also rare to see them in circulation, so most coins for sale will be in uncirculated condition.

The 1964 half dollar with no mint mark is worth around $11 in uncirculated condition for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 can sell for around $24.

The 1964 D half dollar is worth around $11 in uncirculated condition for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 can sell for around $26.

Proof coins with no mint mark are available and they are each valued at around $20 in PR 65 condition. There were 3,950,762 proof coins minted.

Accented Hair Variety

There is an accented hair variety for the proof version of this coin. The design was changed in order to make Kennedy's hair more detailed. There were other small changes made besides the hair but they are harder to notice. One theory as to why the design changed was because Jacqueline Kennedy wanted more detail in her late husband's hair.

Only about 1-3% of all proof coins have the accented hair so therefore these coins are more rare and more valuable. In PR 65 condition the value is around $75.

Grading System

MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.

MS 65 gem uncirculated- There is strong luster and eye appeal. A few light contact marks may be present but they are barely noticeable.

PR 65 proof- There are no flaws to this coin. A few blemishes may be present.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1965 Half Dollar
1963 Half Dollar
1962 Half Dollar