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Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)

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This short-lived Silver series pays homage to one of America’s most prolific inventors: Benjamin Franklin. The distinct design of the Liberty Bell is recog....
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All 20 coins in this $10 face value roll date between 1955 and 1963 and are in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. This roll contains more than 7 oz of Silve....
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All 20 coins in this $10 face value roll date between 1955 and 1963 and are in Proof condition. This roll contains more than 7 oz of Silver, making it an e....
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This 1948 Franklin Half Dollar has been certified as MS-65 (FB) by PCGS, one of the top two coin grading services. This highly collectible coin is a great ....
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This 1949 Franklin Half Dollar has been certified as MS-64+ (FBL) by NGC, one of the top two coin grading services. This coin has a population of only 6 co....
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A blast white coin with superb details that is designated as Full Bell Lines by PCGS.
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This 1949-S Franklin Half Dollar has been certified as MS-65 (FBL) by PCGS, one of the top two coin grading services. This highly collectible coin is a gre....
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This 1950 Franklin Half Dollar has been certified as MS-65 (FB) by PCGS, one of the top two coin grading services. This highly collectible coin is a great ....
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First year of mintage for the Proof Franklin Half Dollar! This Proof would make an excellent addition to your set!
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1950 issue from the Denver Mint - certified a Gem BU MS-65 by PCGS and encapsulated in a sealed holder to protect your investment!
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This 90% Silver 1951 Philadelphia Franklin Half Dollar is in Proof condition.
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This 1951-S Franklin Half Dollar has been certified as MS-66+ by PCGS, one of the top two coin grading services. This coin has a population of only 40 coin....
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This 1952 Franklin Half Dollar has been certified as PF-65 by NGC, one of the top two coin grading services. This highly collectible coin is a great additi....
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Franklins at this level of preservation are becoming difficult to obtain. Increase the quality of your collection with this near-gem example!
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This 1953 Franklin Half Dollar has been certified as PR-65 by PCGS, one of the top two coin grading services. This highly collectible coin is a great addit....
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This 1953 Franklin Half Dollar has been certified as PF-66 by NGC, one of the top two coin grading services. This highly collectible coin is a great additi....
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This coin features a mostly whiteish surface with some rim toning and probably comes from an original double mint set. Designated by PCGS as having Full B....
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This 1954-D Franklin Half Dollar has been certified as MS-65 (FBL) by NGC, one of the top two coin grading services. This highly collectible coin is a grea....
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A blast white coin with tremendous detail designated as Full Bell Lines by PCGS and encapsulated in a sealed holder to protect your investment.
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This 1954 San Francisco Franklin Half Dollar is graded MS-65 by PCGS and would make a great addition to any Franklin set!
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Beautiful example with great cartwheel luster! This coin would fit well in an ultra-nice Franklin set or 20th century type set.
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This 1956 Franklin Half Dollar has been certified as MS-64 (FB) by NGC, one of the top two coin grading services. This highly collectible coin is a great a....
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This 1956 Franklin Half Dollar Type-II has been certified as PF-69 by NGC, one of the top two coin grading services. This highly collectible coin is a grea....
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Nice roll of Brilliant Uncirculated Franklin Half Dollars.
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This 1958-D Franklin Half Dollar has been certified as MS-65+ (FBL) by PCGS, one of the top two coin grading services. This coin has a population of only 2....
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This 1960 Franklin Half Dollar has been certified as PF-67 (Ultra Cameo) by NGC, one of the top two coin grading services. This highly collectible coin is ....
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This 1960 Franklin Half Dollar has been certified as PF-68 by NGC, one of the top two coin grading services. This highly collectible coin is a great additi....
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The Franklin Half Dollar is U.S. Silver coin and carries a face value of 50 cents. These Silver coins were minted from 1948 to 1963. Designed by Chief Engraver, John R. Sinnock brought about a couple of important changes to America’s coinage. They marked the change of U.S. coin designs from allegorical figures to portraits of Americans of historical significance. Franklin Halves also marked the end of what is considered to have been the "golden age of American coinage art.".

The Franklin Half Dollar came about because then-U.S. Mint director Nellie Ross was an admirer of Franklin and wanted his likeness depicted on a coin. In 1947, Ms. Ross instructed the U.S. Mint’s chief engraver, John Sinnock, to begin working on designs for the coin. Before he completed his designs, Mr. Sinnock passed away, and his successor, Gilroy Roberts, completed the final design.

The coins were first released in April of 1948. Soon after, the controversy began. Sinnock’s initials, JRS, appeared on the coin at the cutoff of Franklin’s shoulder. Some believed that these initials were a tribute to former Soviet dictator, Joseph Stalin. The U.S. Mint quickly explained that these initials were simply Sinnock’s and made no changes to the design. Franklin Half Dollars were then regularly minted until 1963. In 1964, the coin was replaced by the Kennedy Half Dollar.

Certified Franklin Half Dollars

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) represent the industry standard in third-party certification. Each specimen is given a grade according to the Sheldon Scale. Grading standards refer to the descriptions assigned to each number of the grading scale, explained in more detail below:

• MS/PF-70: A coin with no post-production imperfections at 5x magnification.
• MS/PF-69: A fully struck coin with nearly imperceptible imperfections.
• MS/PF-68: Very sharply struck with only miniscule imperfections.
• MS/PF-67: Sharply struck with only a few imperfections.
• MS/PF-66: Very well struck with minimal marks and hairlines.
• MS/PF-65: Well struck with moderate marks or hairlines.
• MS/PF-64: Average or better strike with several obvious marks or hairlines and other miniscule imperfections.
• MS/PF-63: Slightly weak or average strike with moderate abrasions and hairlines of varying sizes.
• MS/PF-62: Slightly weak or average strike with no trace of wear. More or larger abrasions than an MS/PF-63.
• MS/PF-61: Weak or average strike with no trace of wear. More marks and/or multiple large abrasions.
• MS/PF-60: Weak or average strike with no trace of wear. Numerous abrasions, hairlines and/or large marks.
• AU-58: Slight wear on the highest points of the design. Full details.
• AU-55: Slight wear on less than 50% of the design. Full details.
• AU-53: Slight wear on more than 50% of the design. Full details except for very minor softness on the high points.
• AU-50: Slight wear on more than 50% of the design. Full details except for minor softness on the high points.
• XF-45: Complete details with minor wear on some of the high points.
• XF-40: Complete details with minor wear on most of the high points.
• VF-35: Complete details with wear on all of the high points.
• VF-30: Nearly complete details with moderate softness on the design areas.
• VF-25: Nearly complete details with more softness on the design areas.
• VF-20: Moderate design detail with sharp letters and digits.
• F-15: Recessed areas show slight softness. Letters and digits are sharp.
• F-12: Recessed areas show more softness. Letters and digits are sharp.
• VG-10: Wear throughout the design. Letters and digits show softness.
• VG-8: Wear throughout the design. Letters and digits show more softness.
• G-6: Peripheral letters and digits are full. Rims are sharp.
• G-4: Peripheral letters and digits are nearly full. Rims exhibit wear.
• AG-3: Most letters and digits are readable. Rims are worn into the fields.
• FR-2: Some details are visible. Rims are barely visible.
• PO-1: Enough detail to identify the coin's date and type. Rims are flat or nearly flat.

Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963) Mintage Figures

The following are the mintage figures for the Franklin Half Dollars, minted from 1948 to 1963.

• 1948 - 3,006,814
• 1948-D - 4,028,600
• 1949 - 5,614,000
• 1949-D - 4,120,600
• 1949-S - 3,744,000
• 1950 - 7,742,123
• 1950-D - 8,031,600
• 1951 - 16,802,102
• 1951-D - 9,475,200
• 1951-S - 13,696,000
• 1952 - 21,192,093
• 1952-D - 25,395,600
• 1952-S - 5,526,000
• 1953 - 2,668,120
• 1953-D - 20,900,400
• 1953-S - 4,148,000
• 1954 - 13,188,202
• 1954-D - 25,445,580
• 1954-S - 4,993,400
• 1955 - 2,498,181
• 1956 - 4,032,000
• 1957 - 5,114,000
• 1957-D - 19,966,850
• 1958 - 4,042,000
• 1958-D - 23,962,412
• 1959 - 6,200,000
• 1959-D - 13,053,750
• 1960 - 6,024,000
• 1960-D - 18,215,812
• 1961 - 8,290,000
• 1961-D - 20,276,442
• 1962 - 9,714,000
• 1962-D - 35,473,281
• 1963 - 22,164,000
• 1963-D - 67,069,292

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