Proof sets have been issued on an annual basis by the US Mint for collectors for numerous decades. What makes the 1964 Proof Set special is that it contains the first year of the John F. Kennedy Half Dollar, in honor of the late President. Kennedy’s popularity and the idea of a new Half Dollar sent sales for this set through the roof. Orders for this Proof Set had to be halted at one point, and once continued, were limited. The US Mint typically sets aside each year a certain number of Proof Sets as a contingency against loss. In 1964, 36,086 Proof Sets were lost in the mail, a number far exceeding the quantity they had set aside. Presently, Silver.com has 1964 US Mint Proof Sets available for purchase.
- Delivered in sealed plastic pouch with US Mint manila envelope!
- First year of the Kennedy Half Dollar!
- Set consists of five 1964 coins from the US Mint!
- Coins consist of .6148 Troy ounce of actual silver content in total.
- Each coin has its respective face value in US dollars.
- Each coin has its own obverse and reverse design.
- 3,950,762 proof sets were issued in 1964.
- Proof specimens.
- Please bear in mind that some sets may no longer have the envelope or other shipper materials, but all coins remain in good condition inside the sealed pouches.
The 3,950,762 Proof Sets sold in 1964 held the record for the most Proof Sets minted until the Bicentennial year in 1976. 1964 was the last year that the coins in the US Mint Proof Sets contained 90% fine silver. Beginning in 1965, the Proof Sets were reduced to 40% fine silver (silver clad).
Each sealed plastic pouch contains five coins in addition to an octagonal foil seal imprinted with US MINT PHILADELPHIA. This pouch is then inserted into a Treasury Department US Mint manila envelope.
Each coin is struck in brilliant proof, resulting in coins that are visually beautiful. A Proof Set consists of one each of the Lincoln Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Washington Quarter, and the new Kennedy Half Dollar.
The obverse of the Kennedy Half Dollar features the left profile of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. It was Jacqueline Kennedy who expressed the preference that President Kennedy be depicted on the half dollar, as she did not want to replace George Washington on the quarter. This design was created by Chief Engraver Gilroy Roberts.
The reverse of the Kennedy Half Dollar features a version of the Presidential Seal that was on the Mint’s Presidential series. Frank Gasparro had worked in conjunction with President Kennedy in creating the bust of Kennedy for the Kennedy medal in the Presidential series.
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