FRANKLIN HALVES 1948-1963

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                             AVERAGE CIRCULATED  BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED            Proof     
                     Date      Inv #    Price         Inv #    Price
                     1948      08666    24.95         09201    37.50 
                     1948d     08667    24.95         09202    37.50 
                     1949      08668    24.95         09203    79.95 
                     1949d     08669    24.95         09204   110.00 
                     1949s     08670    24.95         09205   155.00 
                     1950      08671    24.95         09206    49.95 
                     1950d     08672    24.95         09207    69.95 
                     1951      08673    24.95         09208    29.95 
                     1951d     08674    24.95         09209    64.95 
                     1951s     08675    24.95         09210    49.95 
                     1952      08676    24.95         09211    34.95 
                     1952d     08677    24.95         09212    32.50 
                     1952s     08678    24.95         09213   119.95 
                     1953      08679    24.95         09214    37.50 
                     1953d     08680    24.95         09215    32.50 
                     1953s     08681    24.95         09216    54.95 
                     1954      08682    24.95         09217    29.95 
                     1954d     08683    24.95         09218    32.50 
                     1954s     08684    24.95         09219    29.95 
                     1955      08685    24.95         09220    32.50 
                     1956      08686    24.95         09221    32.50          04003    54.95 
                     1957      08687    24.95         09222    29.95          04004    49.95 
                     1957d     08688    24.95         09223    27.50 
                     1958      08689    24.95         09224    27.50          04005    52.50 
                     1958d     08690    24.95         09225    27.50 
                     1959      08691    24.95         09226    29.95          04006    49.95 
                     1959d     08692    24.95         09227    29.95 
                     1960      08693    24.95         09228    29.95          04007    49.95 
                     1960d     08694    24.95         09229    29.95 
                     1961      08695    24.95         09230    27.50          04009    44.95 
                     1961d     08696    24.95         09231    27.50 
                     1962      08697    24.95         09232    29.95          04010    42.50 
                     1962d     08698    24.95         09233    27.50 
                     1963      08699    24.95         09234    27.50          04011    42.50 
                     1963d     08700    24.95         09235    27.50          

Franklin Half Dollar Sets

Option 1 35 coin Franklin Half Dollar Set Inv # Price
Average Circulated 08796 $767.50
Option 2 35 coin Franklin Half Dollar Set
Average Circulated with Dansco® Coin Album 08797 $795.00
Option 3 35 coin Franklin Half Dollar Set
Brilliant Uncirculated 08798 $1199.95
Option 4 35 coin Franklin Half Dollar Set
Brilliant Uncirculated with Dansco® Coin Album 08799 $1225.00

The History of the Franklin Half Dollar (1948-1963):

The first Franklin Half Dollar was issued in 1948. The obverse depicted the bust of Benjamin Franklin while the reverse pictured the Liberty Bell, crack and all (a controversial decision at the time). A small stylized eagle is also present to the right of the bell...solely because the law had required the presence of an eagle on every half dollar since 1792. It was not discovered, until the 1960s, that the reverse design was actually 'adapted' from John Fredrick Lewis' original sketch of the 1926 Sesquicentennial Commemorative Half Dollar.

The mint mark is located on the reverse just above the bell's yoke.

The Franklin Half Dollar was designed by John R. Sinnock. His initials 'JS' appear on the obverse, at the truncation of the shoulder. Sinnock had also designed the Roosevelt Dime which went into production two years earlier. It was rumored, by an ignorant and paranoid post-war public, that the 'JS' was placed these coins to show allegiance to Joseph Stalin. Although this is completely false, it can be noted that the next coin Sinnock designed bore his full initials JAS. (Stalin's middle name is Vissarionovich!)

The Franklin Half Dollar was composed of 90% Silver and 10% Copper. Since pure silver is very soft, copper was added to all circulating silver coins to harden them and prevent excessive wear. These 90% Silver Half Dollars had a weight of 12.50 grams, a diameter of 30.6 mm, a reeded edge. The edges of most silver coins were reeded to make evident any attempt to shave silver off the coin.

The Franklin Half Dollar was struck in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco.


Key to abbreviations used on this page:

AVERAGE CIRCULATED: A typical circulated coin from the period. All major features are easily identifiable. Date and mint mark are clear and readable.

BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED (BU): A strictly uncirculated coin with attractive mint luster but noticeable detracting contact marks or minor blemishes.

D (Denver): The 'D' mint mark is located on the reverse just above the bell's yoke.

S (San Francisco): The 'S' mint mark is located on the reverse just above the bell's yoke.

Note: Franklin Half Dollars struck in Philadelphia bear no mint mark.


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