NGC Certifies Early Issue 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollars for Rare Collectibles TV


Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® ( has certified an extraordinary bag of First Day of Issue 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollars submitted by Rare Collectibles TV (RCTV).

Bucket Bag of Early Issue 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollars
The bucket and canvas bag holding First Day of Issue 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollars

The 2,000 Kennedy Half Dollars arrived at NGC still sealed in their original Federal Reserve Bank bag dated March 19, 1964 — five days before the coins’ official release date.

String and seal from bag of Early Issue 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollars
This string with metal seal was cut from the bag
Label stables to bag of Early Issue 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollars
This label was stapled to the canvase bag of coins

The authenticity of the sealed Federal Reserve Bank bag was confirmed by numerous NGC experts, including Chairman and Grading Finalizer Mark Salzberg, President and Grading Finalizer Rick Montgomery, Vice President and Grading Expert Miles Standish, Grading Finalizer and Minting Expert David Camire and Research Director David W. Lange.

"In my 40 years as a professional numismatist, I have had the opportunity to examine several sealed bags of 1964 cents and nickels, but I had never seen a bag of 1964 Kennedy Half Dollars before this one," Salzberg said. "This bag is truly a miracle of survival." 

RCTV is a leading creator of numismatic content for television. It was co-founded by Rick Tomaska, author of six numismatic books focusing on Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars, and Jack McNamara, the company’s senior coin buyer.

"In all my years inspecting and handling tens of thousands of Kennedy Half Dollars, I have never come across a mint-sealed First Day of Issue bag of Kennedy Half Dollars," said Tomaska. "This bag is a numismatic time capsule, and it contains some of the most significant coins minted in the last 60 years."

"When my phone rang and someone said he had this original Federal Reserve Bank bag dated March 19, 1964, five days before the coins’ official release date, my heart literally stopped beating for a second with simple disbelief," recalled Jack McNamara. "I knew I had to do my research and verify the facts. Once I did that, I knew RCTV had to own this piece of numismatic history and bring it to our loyal television viewers and customers."

NGC received the bag of 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollars from RCTV still sealed inside a metal bucket. Salzberg, who has previously examined several sealed bags of 1964 coins, opened the bucket to find a light tan canvas bag stamped with "American Trust Company."

Bucket Holding Early Issue 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollars
NGC received the bag of First Day of Issue 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollars from RCTV still sealed inside this metal bucket.

A tag was stapled to it with the text "Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco" printed in black ink and "Kennedy Halves, Mar 19, 1964" stamped in blue ink.


The bag was tied shut with a string crimped tight with a metal seal. Salzberg cut the string to find the bag still sewn shut with a line of stitching. The presence of both seals indicated that the bag was original and untouched.

Mint Director Eva Adams authorized work to develop the Kennedy Half Dollar within days of the president’s assassination on November 23, 1963. Chief Engraver Gilroy Roberts adapted the 1961 Kennedy inaugural medal for the design of the obverse and Assistant Engraver Frank Gasparro based the reverse design on the presidential seal.

Early Issue 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollars
A few of the coins from the bag

The first Kennedy Half Dollars were struck in January 1964, and the first coins were released to the public on March 24, 1964. This bag was sealed and dated prior to the coins’ initial release, making them eligible for the prestigious NGC First Day of Issue designation.

The new Kennedy Half Dollars were immensely popular with collectors and the general public. When they were first released, banks quickly ran out of their supplies, making the existence of a still-sealed bag that much more extraordinary. Kennedy Half Dollars have endured in popularity since their initial release. Those dated 1964 are particularly prized by collectors for their status as the first year of issue and the last year with the famed 90% silver composition.

The 2,000 NGC-certified First Day of Issue 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollars will be listed on a separate line in the online NGC Census population report. They are the only 1964 Kennedy Half Dollars to have earned this important designation.

RCTV has said that these iconic First Day of Issue 1964-D Kennedy Half Dollars will be featured on "Rick’s US Coins" show, which airs on DirecTV, Dish, Spectrum, U-verse and Frontier. You can also learn more about these stunning coins at the company’s website,

About Numismatic Guaranty Corporation

NGC is the world’s largest and most trusted third-party grading service for coins, tokens and medals, with more than 45 million collectibles certified. Founded in 1987, NGC provides an accurate, consistent and impartial assessment of authenticity and grade. Every coin that NGC certifies is backed by the comprehensive NGC Guarantee of authenticity and grade, which gives buyers greater confidence. This results in higher prices realized and greater liquidity for NGC-certified coins. To learn more, visit

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

I was told by Lisa at NGC if they do not get an item within 30 days of its release it can’t be graded as early release, or as in this case first day of issue. These coins are way over the first day of issue. Since it was a big customer the rules are changed. Can’t have it both ways. The biggest customers also get the highest grades.

Seth Riesling

Ray –

NGC is a privately owned company & can do wherever shady things they want to do & yes, they favor big coin dealers in their services & promotions of their coins in NGC press releases which is unfair! That is why I only do business with PCGS, since it is a publicly-owned stock corporation that has to answer to shareholders like me & the U.S. government’s SEC & their board of directors. PCGS is the only third-party authentication/grading service that is owned by the public (NASDAQ: CLCT). Think about it…



For such a special bag of coins, why didn’t they have gloves on when removing the coins from the bag. hand oil turns into finger prints later !!!

Seth Riesling

Lol. On the back of each NGC slab label on these coins it will say “Guaranteed to be touched by the un-gloved oily hands of each of the 3 coin graders & the grade finalizer.”
Such amateurs at NGC!! Very scary!!



I showed this to my wife who does not collect coins but knows about the hobby from what she has seen me study and by watching how I handle my raw coins. As soon as she saw his hands start going in the bag she asked, “Where are his gloves?” And she sounded upset and confused about how these are supposed to be “very special” and yet no kind of gloves were used at any time during the video. She even used the word “stupid” which she hates to use. I’m glad I only buy PCGS graded coins. And that’s… Read more »

sam tweedy

All these grading companies are nothing but a huge ripoff let these old geezers retire….lol Lots of “ILLEGALS” working at NGC In Sarasota Fla…Joke!!!