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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.

Austria 50 Groschen 1964 Proof
Austria 50 Groschen 1964 Proof
$5.00
1964 50C Accented Hair Proof Kennedy Half Dollar PCGS PF67 Fast Ship Offers
1964 50C Accented Hair Proof Kennedy Half Dollar PCGS PF67 Fast Ship Offers
$159.99
1964 Washington Quarter Proof 119176
1964 Washington Quarter Proof 119176
$9.00
1964 Washington Quarter Proof 119177
1964 Washington Quarter Proof 119177
$9.00
1964 Austria 50 Groschen Proof
1964 Austria 50 Groschen Proof
$2.10
1964 50c JFK Kennedy Proof Silver Half Dollar Presentation Strike Coin
1964 50c JFK Kennedy Proof Silver Half Dollar Presentation Strike Coin
$20.00
CoverKing Stormproof Custom Car Cover for 1964 1966 Oldsmobile Starfire
CoverKing Stormproof Custom Car Cover for 1964 1966 Oldsmobile Starfire
$405.45
1960 THRU 1964 PROOF TONED LINCOLN CENTS 5 COINS 3G956 LQQK
1960 THRU 1964 PROOF TONED LINCOLN CENTS 5 COINS 3G956 LQQK
$7.99
1964 PROOF 90 SILVER PROOF WASHINGTON QUARTER 3G148 A REAL BEAUTY
1964 PROOF 90 SILVER PROOF WASHINGTON QUARTER 3G148 A REAL BEAUTY
$11.04
50 YEAR RUN 19642010 NEW PROOF JEFFERSON NICKELS PLUS RARE 1979 TYPE 2
50 YEAR RUN 19642010 NEW PROOF JEFFERSON NICKELS PLUS RARE 1979 TYPE 2
$59.95
South Africa 1964 Proof Set of 7 CoinsWith 5 Silver Coins
South Africa 1964 Proof Set of 7 CoinsWith 5 Silver Coins
$71.76
Burnley 1964 65 Squad Photo Mounted Signed By Willie Morgan PROOF
Burnley 1964 65 Squad Photo Mounted Signed By Willie Morgan PROOF
$33.24
CoverKing Stormproof Custom Car Cover for 1964 83 Chevrolet Malibu
CoverKing Stormproof Custom Car Cover for 1964 83 Chevrolet Malibu
$328.04
CoverKing Stormproof Custom Car Cover for 1964 1973 Pontiac GTO
CoverKing Stormproof Custom Car Cover for 1964 1973 Pontiac GTO
$328.04
CoverKing Stormproof Custom Car Cover for 1964 1977 Pontiac Lemans
CoverKing Stormproof Custom Car Cover for 1964 1977 Pontiac Lemans
$328.04
CoverKing Stormproof Custom Car Cover for 1964 1987 Chevrolet El Camino
CoverKing Stormproof Custom Car Cover for 1964 1987 Chevrolet El Camino
$328.04

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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.