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    1964-D Kennedy Half, MS65 Prooflike
    First Day of Issue, Pedigreed to Ken Bressett
    Sole D-Mint Prooflike 90% Silver Kennedy

    1964-D 50C MS65 Prooflike NGC. This coin is accompanied by a signed letter dated January 16, 2007, from Guide Book editor Ken Bressett (on his personal letterhead) that tells its story:

    "Dear Mr. ----:

    "Our mutual friend, Mark Borckardt, asked me to write to you with information about the unusual Prooflike 1964-D half dollar that you have purchased. Unfortunately, I do not know much more than what was published in the description in the recent Heritage auction.

    "I do remember clearly the day that it was discovered. The new Kennedy half dollars had just been released and one of the Whitman employees rushed over to a bank in Racine, WI and bought two rolls. He brought them back to the office where I was working at that time and let us all pick out a few of the coins.

    "Neil Shafer and I noticed that a couple of the coins had a Prooflike surface. The piece that you recently bought was, as I recall, the nicest of all and fully PL on both sides. None of the others were nearly as nice, and most of the others in both rolls were simply normal Uncirculated coins.

    "It is my understanding that this coin is the only one that has been graded Prooflike by any service. And I have not seen or heard of any others that look anything like this, except for its few mates in that unusual roll. I have no idea where any of the other coins ended up, or where they are today. I saved a couple of the nicer pieces, but I do not know if Neil saved any of his. At the time they were just nice examples of a new and very exciting coin design.

    "I hope you enjoy your new purchase, I think it is a very unusual piece."

    (Signed) Ken Bressett


    In the intervening years since 2007, NGC has certified one 1964 Philadelphia coin in MS63 Prooflike, but this 1964-D in MS65 Prooflike remains both the highest-graded Prooflike 1964 from either mint and the only Denver Mint example so certified in any grade.
    Ex: Ken Bressett, first day of issue (1964); FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 4933; the present consignor.
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