Just a really, really gorgeous 1966 SMS Kennedy Half Dollar

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  1. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    It ain't Cameo or DCAM...

    It ain't a cool Mint Error...

    It ain't a valuable Die Variety...

    But man...is this thing just drop-dead gorgeous.

    And I wanted to share it with you:

    1966 SMS Kennedy Half2.jpg
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  3. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Casual Collector / error expert "in Training "

    Yea, that is a Nice Coin ! After all, it's my Birth year .:rolleyes:
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  4. William F

    William F Well-Known Member

    Whewww... nice! I love the way the late die state coins look with all those beautiful striations :)
  5. Dave Waterstraat

    Dave Waterstraat dave700x -1883 O nut

    Really like that subtle rim toning!
  6. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    I think it's going to need to join my upcoming NGC submission (which I should send in soon if I want it back by the end of the year, apparently...)
  7. tibor

    tibor Well-Known Member

    Really a nice piece, hardly a mark on her. Show her off
    when she gets back from NGC.
  8. Morgandude11

    Morgandude11 As long as it's Silver, I'm listening

    Really attractive coin. I like it a lot.
  9. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    Very attractive, but....


    are those marks on the reverse shield?

    I hope not
  10. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    No worries - the coin is what it is (and I don't take it personally if you see something that catches your eye).

    So, I'm admittedly not an expert at distinguishing planchet flaws with minor contact marks. I thought maybe I could take a couple closeups of the eagle and see if it shows enough for you to tell. Personally, with a 10x loupe none of them look like hits - but that's just me "doing my best." I think some of what you're seeing is the light over-reflecting off them (they don't look nearly as bad in hand.)

    Again, I'm not an expert.

    1966 SMS Kennedy Half - Eagle1.jpg 1966 SMS Kennedy Half - Eagle2.jpg
  11. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    One more shot of the eagle at an angle:

    1966 SMS Kennedy Half - Eagle3.jpg
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  12. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    A few bag marks but not enough to distract from it's natural beauty, I too would like to see the TPG result. You've got a winner in my opinion, good luck.
  13. Jim Dale

    Jim Dale Well-Known Member

    I'm just curious about how you found this jewel. I've got tons that look good, most of which came from my father's collection, but none that have your coin's presence. It will stand up in a crowd.
    By the way..what is "SMS". I've seen it but never followed it to see what it is?
  14. SchwaVB57

    SchwaVB57 Well-Known Member

    SMS=Special Mint set 1965-1967
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  15. capthank

    capthank Well-Known Member

    Nice coin. My SMS do not look as nice as yours.
  16. Long Beard

    Long Beard Well-Known Member

    Should come back at MS65 minimum. Nice eye!
  17. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    The lack of marks on other high points of the eagle makes me think most of those are rough planchet marks not fully struck out.
  18. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder Supporter

    Great looking coin, and I agree with Razz, the large flat area at the top of the shield is virtually pristine.
  19. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    This might be an uninformed thing to say, but this coin compares very favorably with the 68's imaged on the PCGS Price Guide page...am I being a bit too optimistic?
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  20. Morgandude11

    Morgandude11 As long as it's Silver, I'm listening

    Yes, far too optimistic. . It will grade 66-67. TPGs are tough on those coins.
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  21. eddiespin

    eddiespin Fast Eddie

    Later die states, that luster has to be blinding!
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