Accented hair, or no?
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Nope, not a A.H.
Bold text below was added by me to denote a couple diagnostics that are usually readily seen.
The Accented Hair design is believed to have been the first design used to strike Proof Kennedy Half Dollars in 1964.
The Accented Hair variety displays extra hair, right above Kennedy’s ear, as opposed to a regular coin which will have less hair above the ear. The Accented Hair variety will also be missing most of the lower left serif on the letter, I, of the word, LIBERTY.
Jacqueline Kennedy the wife of John F. Kennedy played a major role in the production of Kennedy Half Dollars. Initially, the John F. Kennedy design was intended to replace the Washington Quarter design. However, Mrs. Kennedy requested that the Washington Quarter design be left alone. As a result, the Franklin Half Dollar was replaced with the Kennedy Half Dollar design.
Soon after, the Accented Hair variety was used to strike the first Proof Kennedy Half Dollars. Mrs. Kennedy also requested that the Accented Hair variety be slightly modified, so that the hair strands right above the ear on the coin would be less prominent. This made the Accented Hair variety a one year type and even then, it was only used to strike some Proof Kennedy Half’s in 1964.
Since the 1964 Proof Kennedy Half with the Accented hair variety was replaced the same year, the Accented Hair variety became somewhat scarce compared to the regular issue proof coins of that year. Less than 5% of the entire 1964 Proof Kennedy Half Dollar mintage is believed to have the Accented hair variety.”
Hemispherical: thanks....I did look at those 2 pcgs images beforehand but wanted to run it by those in this forum to make sure I wasn't missing anything. Thanks again
Also the flat sideburn compared to the normal variety.
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It's a lot easier to look at the bottom-left serif of I in LIBERTY. The corner is bitten off on all the Accented Hairs, as is obvious in the two photos above.
Thanks all....I wasn't aware of the missing serif on the "I". This really makes things easier!