Kennedy Half Dollar 1964 Proof

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    The US Mint produced a significantly less amount of Proof Kennedy Halves than the BU versions. The Proof Kennedy Half Dollars contain the sleek mirror-like finish, instead of the matte finish of a brilliant uncirculated coin. When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, within hours, the US Mint had a plan to produce the next half dollar with his portrait on the obverse. Sculptors, Gilroy Roberts and Frank Gasparro, were approached since they had previously designed a coin of President Kennedy for a medal. This design was even approved by the late president so there were no hesitations when it came to completing the die for the half dollar. Robert's obverse design and Gasparro's reverse design worked together to make the Kennedy Half Dollar. Not only was the design popular, but the Mint couldn't make enough to stay in circulation.

    The 1964 Proof Kennedy Half Dollar contains the striking proof finish, with a frosted image of Kennedy on the obverse. It is believed only 100,000, out of 3 million minted, 1964 Proof Kennedy Half Dollars actually come with a full head of hair on the late president. The coin's date of mintage is also noted on the obverse, as well as the word, "Liberty," and the saying,"In God We Trust." The reverse depicts the US National Seal, which is of a Bald Eagle, with wings and talons outstretched, and a shield covering its torso. The eagle's talons are holding olive branches and arrows, each representing peace through battle. The coin's place of mintage and denomination of 50 cents are also inscribed on the reverse. 1964 was the final year for the US Mint to use 90% in its coins so investors and collectors flocked to this date just in case it wouldn't be available in the future. Luckily, millions of the 1964 Kennedy Halves, in BU and proof, have resurfaced and are offered at a decent premium.

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    • Year: 1964
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