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27 Aug 2020

The Whole Enchilada

Coins-United States | slybluenote

Good morning folks!

As promised, here is a preview of my complete collection of Kennedy Half dollars. There are a couple of disclaimers though. The pictures here don't include the Kennedys that are in proof sets although the numbers stated are inclusive. I started with some 1964 coins that my granny and my step father left me. I began to get aggressive with this collection in December 2019. Unlike some sets, this collection includes all San Francisco Kennedys also. All coins not in slabs are contained in proof sets, complete with COA's.

I'll start with my briefcase which houses 3 Littleton boxes that contain 20 coins each. Box 1 contains 1964 to 1972-S, box 2 contains 1972-D to 1979-S (Type 1) and box 3 contains 1979-S (Type 2) to 1985-P. The briefcase also contains the poster that I made to accompany this collection. I wanted it to be "Top Shelf" for my girlfriend! The total number of coins in the briefcase is 59. The next part of this collection is the 2 Red Boxes. Red Box number 1 contains 65 coins, dated 1985-D to 2003-S, silver. Red Box number 2 contains 57 coins dated 2004-P to 2020-S, gem proof, dcam. Lastly, the Coffee Box is the "crown jewel" of this collection. It contains 60 coins. The main attraction of this box is the 1998-S, matte finish along with the RFK commemorative silver dollar, the Camelot set along with another RFK silver dollar, the Presidential coin with the first lady medal, a 1987-P, 4 rolls of 2019 and 2020 P & D's, 3 graded coins (Charlie Duke included), and 11 extra coins that I purchased in error. There are 29 Kennedys that are in proof sets for a total of 207 Kennedy Half dollars in this collection.

Another disclaimer is that I still need to post pictures of the 2018-S, silver Kennedy and the 2012-S, clad Kennedy in the "collections" portion of ANA website. For all the young numismatists out there, this just shows that it can be done with enough perseverance. Although 99% of this collection hasn't been "professionally graded" the majority of these coins are in really great condition. This collection is an item that I would be proud to display at any show! So now, if I blog about a Kennedy Half dollar, it will be a variety coin for sure. I'm considering the accented hair 1964 as we speak :-)) Remember, storage and care of your collection is of the utmost importance!

Until next time folks, enjoy the pictures, and stay safe, HEALTHY, and coronavirus free!

Charlie aka slybluenote


Comments

slybluenote

Level 5

Thanks everyone! I did learn a lot while collecting this set. I didn't know that the 2014 50th Anniversary set was a variety for one thing! Also, the 1998-S Matte Finish while being a key date is also a variety! Who would've "THUNK"! LOL I do want to thank everyone for the encouragement and tips along the way! P.S. If I'm a good boy the mail lady will be good to me today! LOL I do have some proof sets on the way!!!

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

That's a great collection. I had never really thought about how many coins were in a set of Kennedy Halves until now. Thanks for sharing.

Golfer

Level 5

Congratulations on your set ! Nice accomplishment! My favorite Kennedy is the 1970-D. I have a few uncircumcised 70-D. Thanks for the update on a great set !

Great work. This just shows what hard work and perseverance can accomplish. This is a set to be proud of!

Mokie

Level 6

Charlie, Congratulations!!!! The Kennedy Halves are definitely a fun set to complete and just think, you will have new additions every year for the forseeable future. Thanks for Sharing you wonderful accomplishment.

Doug S.

Level 4

Very nice! Congratulations!

Mike

Level 7

The Kennedy collection I have are in the Dansco set.. I have been on my second book now for a few years. I like them they keep them safe. No toning. . I don't like Kennedy's toned. I buy four sets a year and I'm done for the year. Proof. Proof silver P & D. I have noticed the price has gone up on the set. You have a wonder set. Any way a collector collects them is great. You take great care of one of my favorite coins. . You did a great job congratulations. . And enjoy them. Like I enjoy mine.

slybluenote

Level 5

Yes, I'm very proud of them Mike!

Longstrider

Level 6

Very nice collection Mr. Blues. You really have a nice way of displaying them. That is a lot of slabbing. Thanks.

slybluenote

Level 5

Yes John, $7 for 5 slabs.....times appx. 150 coins....LOL

"SUN"

Level 5

A collection you can proud of.

slybluenote

Level 5

yes, that's for sure SUN !

Stumpy

Level 5

Sweet Collection! But may I just ask? "Who is that old dude at the blues hall of fame". lol Thanks for sharing!

slybluenote

Level 5

LOL...that's me in "Memfus" Stumpy! Thanks for replying!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Awesome!

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 4

A really nice collection. You mention the importance of storage and care - how do you store and care for such a great collection. I am looking for ideas that work and preserve my collections too! Thanks, Mal.

slybluenote

Level 5

Thanks for the post Mal. As the pictures show, when I first started this collection, I chose slabs to house the coins. After I slabbed them, the slabs go into a box. The earlier coins then went into a brief case because of their age. There are many ways to store your collection, this is just the way I store mine. I wanted the pieces preserved for my daughter and here son/daughter when and if she has children. The older coins have 3 layers of protection. The newer ones only have 2, the slab then into a box which I may add a third layer at a later date, like putting the boxes into a small suitcase. Thanks for the question.

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