Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    1964 SMS Kennedy Half, SP67
    Only About a Dozen Pieces Known
    A Magnificent Series Rarity

    1964 50C SMS SP67 PCGS. Certified by PCGS as a 1964 "SMS" Kennedy half dollar, this coin represents the rarest issue by far in the series. There has been much debate regarding whether or not these coins were originally issued in special sets, since they were never in any form of special Mint packaging, and official Special Mint Sets were not issued until 1965. "Sets" of 1964 coins, including special strikes of the cent through half dollar, first began appearing in Stack's sales in the early 1990s. It is believed that most of those sets came from New York coin dealer Lester Merkin.

    The 1964 SMS Kennedy half dollar is struck on a 90% silver planchet, from a single pair of dies, showing much sharper detail than the regular issue and having a satiny surface texture. Die markers include: on the obverse, a tiny apostrophe-shaped lump of extra metal protruding from the bottom edge of the crosslet of the 4 in the date; on the reverse, a discernible die polishing line connecting the bottom tip of the lower crossbar of the (O)F to the A(MERICA), and another connecting the same crossbar of the (HAL)F to the rim near the D(OLLAR). This Superb Gem example exhibits all of those markers clearly. It is one of only about a dozen pieces known. Our detailed roster includes just 11 confirmed entries, plus a few additional appearances that may or may not represent additional coins. This piece displays luminous satin surfaces with near-flawless preservation, complementing needle-sharp definition on the devices. The obverse displays a dusting of lilac-gray and pale champagne toning, while the reverse is essentially brilliant. A beautiful example of the king of Kennedy half dollars. We last sold an example of this issue in the Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/2016), lot 5545 -- the Bristol Collection coin -- which realized $47,000. This is a must-have item for the advanced Kennedy half specialist and Registry Set collector.
    From a complete five-piece set of 1964 SMS coinage, cent through half dollar, offered in this sale as individual lots.(Registry values: P1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 6844)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

    View Certification Details from PCGS

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2019
    25th-28th Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 45
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 21,658

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato

    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato is the culmination of more than 10 years of research into the Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar series, one of the most coveted type coins in American numismatics and one about which remarkably little has been written.

    This work will be the premier reference for 1796-1797 half dollars for years to come. Institutions having an extensive numismatic library or coin cabinet will find it a valuable complement to their holdings, and catalogers charged with writing up specimens for auction can now have an indispensable source of background and pedigree information. Likewise, coin dealers seeking to purchase one or more '96 or '97 half dollars for a client or for inventory, and collectors who own, have owned, or desire to own one will want this important reference work for their libraries.

    Order Now! Just $59.95

    Sold on Apr 25, 2019 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 39 days left to consign to the 2021 October 28 - 29 World & Ancient Coins Platinum Night and Signature Online Auction!

    Learn about consigning with us

    If/when you are considering selling your treasured collection, it would be in your best interest to consider Heritage.
    The White Rose Collection
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search