Condition Rarity Proof 1964 Accented Hair Half DollarFS-4011964 Kennedy Half Dollar. FS-401. Type I, Accented Hair. Proof-68 W Ultra Cameo (NGC).An attractive and nearly flawless example of this eagerly-sought variety. The fields are watery and reflective, sharply contrasting the satiny luster of the devices. Sharply struck, with strong definition to the diagnostic accents in Kennedy's hair. This example also sports a "W" designation on the label, which was assigned to coins "having no toning whatsoever" as explained by NGC in a May 2002 article. The surfaces have remained blast white and brilliant in the decades since certification, delivering exceptional eye appeal across each side. Just three coins rank finer at NGC in this category. Of the 3,950,762 Proofs that the Philadelphia Mint struck for 1964 Kennedy half dollar, Rick Tomaska (A Guide Book of Franklin & Kennedy Half Dollars, 2011) estimates that only about 100,000 coins are of the Accented Hair variety. According to that author, this brief type was terminated after Jacqueline Kennedy inspected the new half dollars bearing her husband's portrait at the request of Mint personnel. The former First Lady objected to some of the finer hair details and recommended changes, which eventually resulted in the revised Type II design. The easiest way to differentiate between the Type I and Type II designs is to look at the hair strands directly above Kennedy's ear: on the Accented Hair variety two prominent strands in this area form a V shape that is not seen on Type II examples. Additionally, the Type I variety has a weak or broken lower left serif on the letter I in LIBERTY, as well as slight pitting and rounded edges to the shield on the eagle's breast on the reverse. Scarce in an absolute sense, the Type I Accented Hair is particularly challenging to locate in Gem and higher grades due to the prevalence of hairlines and milky spots on surviving examples. As well, most examples in numismatic hands are universally brilliant in finish and lack the stark cameo contrast offered here. Obviously a premium quality specimen, this beautiful coin is sure to appeal to discerning collectors.Provenance: Ex Heritage's sale of the V. A. Everest Collection, July 2003, lot 8113.NGC Census: 12; just 3 finer in this category.PCGS# 96801. NGC ID: 24WG.