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1964 Proof Sets

The 1964 proof set included an example of the last year for the silver quarter, and the first year of the Kennedy silver half dollar. The set also included a Lincoln penny, a Jefferson nickel and a Roosevelt silver dime (last year for the dime to be made of silver as well).

1964 Proof Set Original 1964 Envelope

The five coins within the 1964 proof sets were presented in sealed cellophane bags known as flat packs. These were placed within envelopes and it is quite common to find the entire package still intact today. There is a comparatively small value in the silver content yet the collectible aspect of the coins happens to make them a good choice for any level of collector. Prices are reasonable and you should expect to get the original packaging with the set. These proof sets are sometimes also sold in unopened envelope condition meaning that you may have the opportunity to be the first person to set eyes upon the coins since 1964. However, more commonly the coins will be in their original bag with the paper envelope having already been opened. They may also contain a card from the superintendent of the US Mint which gives a brief explanation of the coins and how they were inspected and sealed within their transparent envelope.

1964 MASTERPIECES of MURDER Pearson CORRECTED PROOF
1964 MASTERPIECES of MURDER Pearson CORRECTED PROOF
$26.08
1964 Kennedy Proof 90 Silver As Pictured 720 30
1964 Kennedy Proof 90 Silver As Pictured 720 30
$11.50
1956 1963 Proof Franklin Silver Half Dollars  1964 Kennedy Proof Silver Half
1956 1963 Proof Franklin Silver Half Dollars 1964 Kennedy Proof Silver Half
$76.00
LOT OF 4 1964 US MINT PROOF 5 COIN SET WITH 3 SILVER COINS JUN564
LOT OF 4 1964 US MINT PROOF 5 COIN SET WITH 3 SILVER COINS JUN564
$94.98
LOT OF 4 1964 US MINT PROOF 5 COIN SET WITH 3 SILVER COINS JUN263
LOT OF 4 1964 US MINT PROOF 5 COIN SET WITH 3 SILVER COINS JUN263
$94.99
Colombia Obverse and Reverse 100 Pesos Oro 20 7 1964 P410p Essay Proof
Colombia Obverse and Reverse 100 Pesos Oro 20 7 1964 P410p Essay Proof
$1,600.00
1964 Silver Proof set
1964 Silver Proof set
$18.00
1964 South Africa 7 Coin Proof Set in Original Box 5 of the Coins Are Silver
1964 South Africa 7 Coin Proof Set in Original Box 5 of the Coins Are Silver
$47.50
UAE FUJEIRA 1964 IMPERF PROOF SHEET SHEKH AL SHARQI  LEOPARD NEVER HINGED
UAE FUJEIRA 1964 IMPERF PROOF SHEET SHEKH AL SHARQI LEOPARD NEVER HINGED
$109.99
Yemen 5 Rials ND 1964 P2s Specimen Proof Uncirculated
Yemen 5 Rials ND 1964 P2s Specimen Proof Uncirculated
$280.00
1964 US Mint Proof Set Sealed Envelope 90 Silver
1964 US Mint Proof Set Sealed Envelope 90 Silver
$21.99
1964 Proof 1C Lincoln NGC PF 67 RD Cameo
1964 Proof 1C Lincoln NGC PF 67 RD Cameo
$15.99
1960 1964 Washingto Quarter Gem Proof 90 Silver lot of 5
1960 1964 Washingto Quarter Gem Proof 90 Silver lot of 5
$33.95
1950 1964 Proof Roosevelt Silver Dimes 10C in Capital Plastic Holder 420C White
1950 1964 Proof Roosevelt Silver Dimes 10C in Capital Plastic Holder 420C White
$199.99
Vintage Original GUIDE GLARE PROOF Interior Rear View Mirror 1960s GM Car
Vintage Original GUIDE GLARE PROOF Interior Rear View Mirror 1960s GM Car
$14.99
1964 kennedy half dollar Gem 90 Silver Proof
1964 kennedy half dollar Gem 90 Silver Proof
$24.95

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The end of the original 90% silver composition within the Washington silver quarter came at the end of 1964 while the introduction of the Kennedy silver half dollar occurred this year as well. Using one of the 1964 United States Mint silver proof sets is one way to obtain examples of the overlapping new and the old.

The lifespan of the original silver quarters ran from 1932 thru 1964. These coins consisted of 90% silver and 10% copper as did other coins of the period. Starting in 1965 however, due to the Coinage Act of 1965, the composition of these coins which had previously been made of actual silver, ceased to be produced. The silver quarters as well as the silver dimes were replaced by clad coins consisting of copper between nickel/copper alloy surroundings. This change was brought about due to the increasing value of silver resulting in the use of much cheaper metals to produce the coins.

The Kennedy silver half dollar also saw a reduction in the amount of fine silver content after 1964 as it was clad as well yet with 40% silver remaining in its content. Finally in 1971 the end of production of these silver coins in the United States came to an end with the exception of the minting of collector coins.