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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 Accented Hair Proof Kennedy Half Dollar 50C NGC PR67 Cameo PF67 725 Value
1964 Accented Hair Proof Kennedy Half Dollar 50C NGC PR67 Cameo PF67 725 Value
$531.10
1964 Proof Kennedy Half Dollar
1964 Proof Kennedy Half Dollar
$9.99
Capital Plastics  456 in BLACK For Proof Washington Quarters from 1950 1964
Capital Plastics 456 in BLACK For Proof Washington Quarters from 1950 1964
$36.95
US Proof Washington Silver Quarters 1950 1964 Sealed Frame
US Proof Washington Silver Quarters 1950 1964 Sealed Frame
$400.00
1964 Kennedy Half Dollar Proof Z02
1964 Kennedy Half Dollar Proof Z02
$23.96
1964 Proof Lincoln cent NGC PF 66 RD Ultra Cameo
1964 Proof Lincoln cent NGC PF 66 RD Ultra Cameo
$20.74
1964 1C RD Proof Lincoln Cent
1964 1C RD Proof Lincoln Cent
$1.94
1964 Proof Silver Washington Quarter NGC PF 68
1964 Proof Silver Washington Quarter NGC PF 68
$23.74
1964 Silver Proof Kenndy Half NGC PF 67 STAR
1964 Silver Proof Kenndy Half NGC PF 67 STAR
$96.00
1964 Proof Nickel In Mint cello
1964 Proof Nickel In Mint cello
$3.34
1964 proof set Philadelphia mint beautiful with envelope and paperwork
1964 proof set Philadelphia mint beautiful with envelope and paperwork
$24.99
1960 1964 Washingto Quarter Gem Proof 90 Silver lot of 5
1960 1964 Washingto Quarter Gem Proof 90 Silver lot of 5
$33.95
1964 Kennedy Proof 90 Silver As Pictured 912 34
1964 Kennedy Proof 90 Silver As Pictured 912 34
$10.88
1964 2014 S Proof Kennedy Half Dollar Complete Set include silver proof SMS
1964 2014 S Proof Kennedy Half Dollar Complete Set include silver proof SMS
$295.99
1932 1998 PDSS PROOF COMPLETE 186 WASHINGTON QUARTER AG BU SET 1932 1964 SILVER
1932 1998 PDSS PROOF COMPLETE 186 WASHINGTON QUARTER AG BU SET 1932 1964 SILVER
$888.88
PR66 1964 90 SILVER ROOSEVELT DIME PCGS GRADED 10C PROOF COIN LIBERTY US PR 66
PR66 1964 90 SILVER ROOSEVELT DIME PCGS GRADED 10C PROOF COIN LIBERTY US PR 66
$15.97

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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.