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Collecting A Low-Ball Set of Kennedy Half Dollars

A Low-Ball set comprises coins of the lowest-possible grade one can find for the given issue. The concept emphasizes coins that are heavily worn but remain otherwise problem free; generally speaking, Low-Ball coins aren’t necessarily holed, bent, or otherwise damaged – just exceedingly worn. Building such sets can prove remarkably challenging for a modern series like the Kennedy Half Dollar, which overall has seen relatively little widespread circulation.

The Kennedy Half Dollars, Low Ball (1964-Present) PCGS Registry Set contains all the circulating issues from 1964 to the present and would optimally contain the most heavily worn specimens of each date one can acquire. While a deceivingly challenging objective, successful Low-Ball sets of Kennedy Half Dollars can be completed through persistent searching of bank rolls and boxes. Even non-circulating specimens made since 2002 turn up on occasion in these rolls and boxes, and can show evidence of true, noticeable wear.

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    TomBTomB Posts: 20,901 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Paging @braddick!

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    braddickbraddick Posts: 23,380 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 15, 2021 5:02PM

    Thanks, Tom!

    I've had this Registry for quite a while now.
    My only grievance (and I've discussed this on the Registry forum) is this set should offer a "short set" of coins from 1964 to 1970-D.
    Otherwise, to accomplish a top set in the full Kennedy registry would involve many BU/AU coins, and to me, that takes away the meaning of LowBall. (The top set has mostly mintstate coins and really very few true "lowballs".)

    My set:
    https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/mysetregistry/set/177665

    Here are a few Kennedy halves I will be sending into PCGS in the next few weeks. It's taken me a few years to gather these. They are generally from dealers around the country that help keep an eye out as searching on eBay has long since proven to be futile. If on a rare occasion one shows up it usually sells for much more than I think it is worth (once- a raw 1964 Kennedy in PO1 condition sold for several hundred dollars.)


    peacockcoins

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    davewesendavewesen Posts: 5,930 ✭✭✭✭✭

    very nice

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    Kennedy are my Favorite coin! I have a hoard loads worth. Would never think of getting them graded. I like the idea of a low grade set! Lucky enough to have a few in my collection but all 65+.

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    WAYNEASWAYNEAS Posts: 6,415 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @CrimsonScott said:
    Kennedy are my Favorite coin! I have a hoard loads worth. Would never think of getting them graded. I like the idea of a low grade set! Lucky enough to have a few in my collection but all 65+.

    Welcome aboard. :)
    Kennedys are my favorite coins. I have a "few" registry sets.
    https://www.pcgs.com/setregistry/low-ball-sets/low-ball-denomination-sets/kennedy-half-dollars-low-ball-1964-present/7035
    Wayne :)

    Kennedys are my quest...

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