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    1966 SMS Kennedy Half Dollar
    Brilliant SP68 Deep Cameo
    Tied for Finest Known

    1966 50C SMS SP68 Deep Cameo PCGS. In the absence of proof sets, the Mint issued Special Mint Sets in 1965, '66, and '67. These coins were midway between regular issues and proofs. They were struck once on unpolished planchets but with heavily polished working dies, contrasting with proof coinage which involved heavily polished dies striking a polished planchet twice. Moreover, SMS coins were not as carefully handled at the Mint as were the proofs of years past, resulting in some pieces leaving the Mint with small contact marks. These factors make high-grade, deeply contrasted SMS coins scarce and highly sought-after, and they make the present SP68 Deep Cameo 1966 half dollar a major condition rarity and Registry Set essential. The coin is brilliant and untoned with stark white-on-black contrast that rivals true proof coinage. The quality and eye appeal are about as magnificent as is possible for an SMS half dollar. Population: 6 in 68 Deep Cameo, 0 finer (11/16).(Registry values: N991)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24WH, PCGS# 96846)

    Weight: 11.50 grams

    Metal: 80% Silver, 20% Copper, 20.90% Inner core Silver, 79.10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2017
    4th-9th Wednesday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 20
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