This sale has already taken place, but here's the press release about cover coins from the recently-published new edition of the Whitman Guide Book on modern half dollars.
Four superb-quality Franklin and Kennedy silver half dollars featured on the front cover of a new reference book will be offered in a live television auction by Rare Collectibles TV (www.RareCollectiblesTV.com) on September 21, 2023.
The illustrated, 248-page A Guide Book of Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars Fourth Edition by long-time professional numismatist and award-winning author Rick Tomaska, and with a foreword by the esteemed Q. David Bowers, is now available. Tomaska is a co-founder of Rare Collectibles TV.
Produced by Whitman Publishing, it contains updated pricing information for premium quality and Rick Tomaska Signature Series coins as well as new research, including a chapter about one of the rarest United States coins of the 20th century, the 1964-P Specimen Kennedy half-dollar.
The specimen 1964 Kennedy half, graded NGC SP67+, depicted on the book's cover was recently sold by Rare Collectibles TV to a collector for more than $100,000.
We are delighted to now offer the four other book cover coins as well as about two dozen additional, outstanding rarities in a live television public auction, he declared.
It will be conducted on Thursday, September 21, at 5 pm Pacific, 8 pm Eastern, on DIRECTV 222, Dish channels 85 and 224, Shop Zeal 1, YouTube, and at RareCollectiblesTV.com. RCTV is the only place where you can buy my exclusive Tomaska Signed Label Franklin and Kennedy rare and stunning coins.
The reference book's cover coins in the auction are:
1957-D Franklin half dollar NGC MS67 Star Full Bell Lines.
On both obverse and reverse, this is simply the most beautiful high-grade 1957-D I have ever seen, said Tomaska.
This coin is from a mint set, and most mint set-toned 1957-D's have lackluster dull toning. This specimen exhibits the most beautiful toning for a 1957-D. Both the obverse and reverse are equally stunning! On a scale of 1 to 10, this is as close to a perfect 10 as any 1957-D known! And it is MS67 FBL. There are no MS68s!
1960 Franklin half dollar NGC PF69 Ultra Cameo.
This 1960 has one of the biggest cameos ever seen on a proof Franklin half dollar. I believe it has to be one of the earliest strikes, perhaps the first 10 to 20 coins, to have the cameo contrast you see on this coin. And it's a PF69. Most of the known early strike examples have a few hairlines or milk-spots. This specimen is perfect, stated Tomaska.
1967 Special Mint Set Kennedy half dollar, T-70 NGC MS68 Ultra Cameo.
This is the finest known specimen, explained Tomaska.
Only the earliest examples in the Special Mint Sets (SMS) produced from 1965 to 1967 displayed the level of cameo contrast you see on this coin. SMS coins were not individually handled as were proof coins, but were just dumped into bins. So, for this earliest strike to survive in essentially flawless MS68 is miraculous!
1970-D Kennedy half dollar, NGC MS67.
The 1970-D is the lowest mintage silver mint state Kennedy made in the last year Kennedy half dollars with any silver content were struck for circulation. In over 30 years of going through literally tens of thousands of original sets, I have never found a specimen as flawless as this amazing coin. There are no MS68 examples, said Tomaska.
A Guide Book of Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars Fourth Edition is available from Rare Collectibles TV for $29.
For additional information about the auction, visit
www.RareCollectiblesTV.com. For additional information about the book and to purchase a copy, visit
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: FRANKLIN AND KENNEDY HALF DOLLARS, 4TH ED.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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