Franklin Half Dollar

Franklin Half Dollar

  • 1949-D 50C FL CAC Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS66
    1949-D 50C FL CAC Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 907968008

    1949-D 50C FL CAC Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS66

    $1,898.75
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  • 1950 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS67
    1950 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910020008

    1950 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS67

    $4,536.00
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  • 1951 50C Proof Franklin Half Dollar NGC PR66
    1951 50C Proof Franklin Half Dollar NGC PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910020007

    1951 50C Proof Franklin Half Dollar NGC PR66

    $5,130.00
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  • 1951 50C Proof Franklin Half Dollar PCGS PR66
    1951 50C Proof Franklin Half Dollar PCGS PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755617005

    1951 50C Proof Franklin Half Dollar PCGS PR66

    $840.00
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  • 1951-S 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS67
    1951-S 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910101012

    1951-S 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS67

    $8,100.00
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  • 1952 50C FL CAC Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS66+
    1952 50C FL CAC Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS66+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755500002

    1952 50C FL CAC Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS66+

    $644.00
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  • 1952 50C FL CAC Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS67
    1952 50C FL CAC Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 907510001

    1952 50C FL CAC Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS67

    $2,700.00
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  • 1952 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS66
    1952 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 751449004

    1952 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS66

    $390.00
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  • 1953 50C CA CAC Proof Franklin Half Dollar PCGS PR68
    1953 50C CA CAC Proof Franklin Half Dollar PCGS PR68
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755799012

    1953 50C CA CAC Proof Franklin Half Dollar PCGS PR68

    $3,726.00
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  • 1953 50C Proof Franklin Half Dollar NGC PR68
    1953 50C Proof Franklin Half Dollar NGC PR68
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755957025

    1953 50C Proof Franklin Half Dollar NGC PR68

    $1,176.00
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  • 1953-D 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS67
    1953-D 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 516686008

    1953-D 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS67

    $9,180.00
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  • 1953-S 50C Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS67
    1953-S 50C Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 504218019

    1953-S 50C Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS67

    $1,817.38
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  • 1954 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS66
    1954 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 752441009

    1954 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS66

    $390.00
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  • 1954-S 50C NGC Plus Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS67+
    1954-S 50C NGC Plus Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS67+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756223009

    1954-S 50C NGC Plus Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS67+

    $2,441.25
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  • 1955 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS67
    1955 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 295454014

    1955 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS67

    $5,400.00
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  • 1956 50C FL CAC Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS67
    1956 50C FL CAC Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 907298006

    1956 50C FL CAC Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS67

    $1,953.00
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  • 1956 50C Type 2 Proof Franklin Half Dollar PCGS PR69
    1956 50C Type 2 Proof Franklin Half Dollar PCGS PR69
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755799013

    1956 50C Type 2 Proof Franklin Half Dollar PCGS PR69

    $1,790.25
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  • 1960-D 50C Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS66
    1960-D 50C Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 754720016

    1960-D 50C Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS66

    $540.00
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  • 1961 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS65
    1961 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 754625016

    1961 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS65

    $924.00
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  • 1962 50C Proof Franklin Half Dollar NGC PR69
    1962 50C Proof Franklin Half Dollar NGC PR69
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755799014

    1962 50C Proof Franklin Half Dollar NGC PR69

    $3,402.00
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  • 1963-D 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS67
    1963-D 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755830020

    1963-D 50C FL Franklin Half Dollar NGC MS67

    $8,370.00
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Franklin Halves

Most coinage designs right after World War II had been in place for years. The Walking Liberty Half Dollar had also been around since 1916. The Mint Director, Nellie Tayloe Ross, told US Mint Chief Engraver, John R. Sinnock, to prepare sketches for redesigning the Half Dollar and that the subject would be ‘Founding Father’ Benjamin Franklin.

Sinnock created the initial designs, but he died at age 58. So, the designs were completed by Sinnock’s successor Gilroy Roberts. The designs were as expected. The obverse had a depiction of Benjamin Franklin, facing right, with the motto “LIBERTY” above him. The date was tucked under Franklin’s chin and the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” was on the bottom edge, below Franklin.

The reverse of the coin featured the Liberty Bell with “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” surmounting Franklin, “HALF DOLLAR” was at the bottom. The legend “E PLURIBUS UNUM” was to the left of the bell and, in compliance with US regulations, a small eagle was placed to the right of the bell.

Sinnock wanted accuracy and the bell was displayed as it normally looked, the crack going right up the center of the bell, starting at the clapper. In January of 1948, the Treasury announced the new half dollar and Benjamin Franklin became only the fifth person and first person who wasn’t a President to appear on regular US coinage.

Virtually all dates are common and available in Almost Uncirculated grade at a slight premium to its bullion value, except the 1949-D, 1949-S, 1950-D, 1952-S, 1955 and 1961 Doubled Die Reverse Proof.

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