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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.

PR68CAM 1964 90 SILVER ROOSEVELT DIME PCGS GRADED 10C PROOF COIN US PR 68 CAMEO
PR68CAM 1964 90 SILVER ROOSEVELT DIME PCGS GRADED 10C PROOF COIN US PR 68 CAMEO
$32.97
PR67CAM 1964 90 SILVER ROOSEVELT DIME PCGS GRADED 10C PROOF COIN US PR 67 CAMEO
PR67CAM 1964 90 SILVER ROOSEVELT DIME PCGS GRADED 10C PROOF COIN US PR 67 CAMEO
$24.97
PR69 1964 90 SILVER ROOSEVELT DIME PCGS GRADED 10C PROOF COIN LIBERTY US PR 69
PR69 1964 90 SILVER ROOSEVELT DIME PCGS GRADED 10C PROOF COIN LIBERTY US PR 69
$33.97
PR68 1964 90 SILVER ROOSEVELT DIME PCGS GRADED 10C PROOF COIN LIBERTY US PR 68
PR68 1964 90 SILVER ROOSEVELT DIME PCGS GRADED 10C PROOF COIN LIBERTY US PR 68
$24.97
PR67 1964 90 SILVER ROOSEVELT DIME PCGS GRADED 10C PROOF COIN LIBERTY US PR 67
PR67 1964 90 SILVER ROOSEVELT DIME PCGS GRADED 10C PROOF COIN LIBERTY US PR 67
$20.97
1964 ONE ORIGINAL MINT PROOF SET ENVELOPES WITH INSERTS AND COA NO COINS
1964 ONE ORIGINAL MINT PROOF SET ENVELOPES WITH INSERTS AND COA NO COINS
$1.97
1964 Lincoln Cent Proof Penny NGC PF66Rd Wowser great dark red coin for registry
1964 Lincoln Cent Proof Penny NGC PF66Rd Wowser great dark red coin for registry
$35.08
H341 1964 France Military Frank Plate proof of M96Y Signed by design engineer
H341 1964 France Military Frank Plate proof of M96Y Signed by design engineer
$63.31
1964 Kennedy Proof DCAM Half Dollar Please See 12 Photos Read Description
1964 Kennedy Proof DCAM Half Dollar Please See 12 Photos Read Description
$100.00
15 Coins 1950 1964 Proof Washington Quarters in Capitol Plastics Holder
15 Coins 1950 1964 Proof Washington Quarters in Capitol Plastics Holder
$275.00
15 Coins 1950 1964 Proof Roosevelt Dimes in Capitol Plastics Holder
15 Coins 1950 1964 Proof Roosevelt Dimes in Capitol Plastics Holder
$199.99
1961 1962 1963 1964 1958 PROOF LINCOLN COINS 13 COINS IN LOT
1961 1962 1963 1964 1958 PROOF LINCOLN COINS 13 COINS IN LOT
$36.00
1964 SILVER GEM PROOF WASHINGTON QUARTER
1964 SILVER GEM PROOF WASHINGTON QUARTER
$19.00
1957 1958 1960 1964 silver proof ROSSEVELT DIMES
1957 1958 1960 1964 silver proof ROSSEVELT DIMES
$16.00
ORDER OF MALTA 1964 SILVER PROOF SET PRO GRADED ICCS PF 66 W TONING E968 68a
ORDER OF MALTA 1964 SILVER PROOF SET PRO GRADED ICCS PF 66 W TONING E968 68a
$37.79
ADEN PROOF AIRLETTER DATE PALM 1964 QE2
ADEN PROOF AIRLETTER DATE PALM 1964 QE2
$435.00

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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.