1964 JFK Accented Hair Half Dollar Value
Most of the coins that click into our wallets and coin jars are worth exactly the amount affixed to them, but some sneaky coins may have much higher values hidden in plain sight. If you’re ever lucky enough to spot a 1964 JFK half dollar in your collection, you might be able to cash out well over 50 cents.
The first impression of these coins included highly detailed hair on Kennedy’s head just above his ear, experts at Professional Coin Grading Services (PCGS) explain. Aptly known as the 1964 JFK Accented Hair Half Dollar, these locks can add up to a major moolah. For example, one sold at auction in 2017 for a whopping $19,975!
Another telltale sign that you have one of these 50 cent coins will be a missing serif at the bottom of the “I” in the word “Liberty”. Unlike the hair, this letter is less detailed on its lower left side. There were approximately 4 million of these half dollars produced before moving on to the more common JFK coins which feature no visible strands of hair, plus the fixed “I”.
Apparently, it was Jaqueline Kennedy who requested that the hairstyle highlighted in her hubby’s image be toned down after the initial print. You can find pictures for comparison on the PCGS site.
Of course, like other coins worth money, the quality will make a huge difference in the value of the 1964 JFK Accented Hair Half Dollar. Aside from the nearly $20,000 jackpot mentioned above, prices listed on PCGS range from the low end of $150, a middle ground of around $1,000 to $3,000, and the high end of $9,000 to $17,000.
Obviously, even if you find one of those half dollars that isn’t in pristine condition, you can still make quite a bit of money out of it.
Now go ahead and check your coin jar! Who knows, you might have a few other valuable coins hidden in there (like a penny worth over $100,000 or a rare nickel worth millions).