1964 50C Accented Hair, CA PR (PCGS# 86801)

2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction #1158

  • Auctioneer:
    Heritage Auctions
  • Lot Number:
    4258
  • Grade:
    PR69
  • Price:
    $5,175.00
Lot Description
1964 50C Accented Hair PR69 Cameo PCGS. FS-401. Type One Reverse, rays broken at stars, straight FG. The Accented Hair proofs, although collected as a Cherrypickers' variety, actually represent the first type of Kennedy half dollar introduced. Mint engraver Gilroy Roberts recounted how President Kennedy's widow, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, disliked the heavy hair detailing and insisted that it be changed. The stubby lower-left serif on the L of LIBERTY is an easy pickup point for collectors, as well as the prominent V shape in Kennedy's hair. This untoned silver-white piece is moderately contrasted, sufficient for the Cameo designation, but the surfaces throughout show incredible preservation, making this coin one of only nine in PR69 Cameo at PCGS, with none finer (7/11). The finest Deep Cameo Accented Hairs are a handful in PR68. One of the keys to the complete Kennedy half variety Registry Set.
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