½ Dollar "Franklin Half Dollar"

Features

Country United States
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1948-1963
Value 1/2 Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 12.5 g
Diameter 30.6 mm
Thickness 2.15 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 199,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
Schön# 200
  • Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461840.
  • Helmut Kahnt, Günter Schön; 2016. Weltmünzkatalog 19. Jahrhundert: 1801-1900 (17. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461185.
  • Gerhard Schön, Sebastian Krämer; 2017. Weltmünzkatalog 21. Jahrhundert: 2001-2016 (3. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461383.

Obverse

Benjamin Franklin facing right

Lettering:
LIBERTY
1953
JRS
IN GOD WE TRUST

Engraver: John R. Sinnock

John Ray Sinnock was the eighth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1925 to 1947.

Reverse

Liberty Bell with a small eagle with the denomination below

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
·E·
PLURIBUS
UNUM
HALF DOLLAR

Translation:
United States of America
·Out·
Of Many
One
Half Dollar

Engravers: John R. Sinnock , Gilroy Roberts

John Ray Sinnock was the eighth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1925 to 1947.
Gilroy Roberts was a sculptor, gemstone carver, and the ninth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint between 1948 and 1964. He is notable for having designed the obverse of the Kennedy Half Dollar.

Edge

Reeded

Mints

P United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
D United States Mint, Denver, United States (1906-date)
S United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)

Comments

The mintmark, if present, is above the bell and below the "E" of "STATES".

The "Bugs Bunny" variety is the result of a die clash, which results in what appears to be two protruding teeth from Franklin's mouth (see picture). While most common in 1955, this die clash is known on other dates as well.


There are two types of reverse, Type 1 has four wing feathers to the left of the perch, and Type 2 has three wings to the left of the perch (see following Type 1/2 images):

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1948  3,006,814 10.48 8.53 8.96 16.56 28.16 9%
1948 D 4,028,600 6.92 8.81 10.20 8.44 12.92 39.75 8%
1949  5,614,000 8.91 8.96 11.45 36.78 9%
1949 D 4,120,600 8.02 10.17 11.17 50.05 6%
1949 S 3,744,000 6.68 7.23 11.11 22.77 79.52 6%
1950  7,742,123 8.31 7.65 12.05 11.51 27.16 10%
1950  51,386 0.3% Proof
1950 D 8,031,600 6.61 6.88 14.24 8.91 15.57 28.92 8%
1951  16,802,102 6.96 6.71 8.96 12.05 8.63 16.30 16%
1951  57,500 501.14 0.3% Proof
1951 D 9,475,200 6.61 8.53 8.37 12.05 24.92 9%
1951 S 13,696,000 6.50 6.88 8.80 11.89 45.94 11%
1952  21,192,093 6.15 6.55 7.58 8.44 10.96 11.20 25.48 19%
1952  81,980 267.99 0.4% Proof
1952 D 25,395,600 6.92 8.18 7.86 10.82 10.60 17.56 15%
1952 S 5,526,000 4.24 7.23 8.80 13.26 55.61 7%
1953  2,668,120 6.50 8.99 12.05 9.94 21.19 8%
1953  128,800 172.11 0.5% Proof
1953 D 20,900,400 7.78 6.68 8.18 8.20 9.26 19.77 13%
1953 S 4,148,000 8.09 8.96 9.09 39.75 6%
1954  13,188,202 10.02 6.92 6.27 8.37 8.67 9.23 18.62 15%
1954  233,300 90.39 0.7% Proof
1954 D 25,445,580 6.61 7.12 8.15 10.93 9.34 24.84 15%
1954 S 4,993,400 6.88 9.70 16.80 6%
1955  2,498,181 7.23 16.30 14.14 11.20 27.56 6%
1955  27.57 1.2% "Bugs Bunny" variety
1955  378,200 94.46 0.7% Proof
1956  33,469 274.69 0.20% Proof (Type 1 reverse)
1956  635,914 68.24 1.1% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1956  4,032,000 8.67 18.08 13.78 21.76 7% Type 1 reverse
1957  1,247,952 16.79 2% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1957  5,114,000 7.23 9.34 10.55 64.61 9% Type 1 reverse
1957 D 19,966,850 6.92 7.96 8.80 9.26 9.93 19.88 14%
1958  875,652 24.84 1.3% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1958  4,042,000 7.26 8.96 11.89 8.65 15.21 8% Type 1 reverse
1958  1.8% Type 2 reverse
1958 D 23,962,412 6.61 6.92 7.55 10.17 10.19 15.57 17%
1959  1,149,291 49.70 1.8% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1959  6,200,000 5.38 6.50 9.90 16.88 8% Type 1 reverse
1959  1.9% Type 2 reverse
1959 D 13,053,750 9.21 7.23 8.96 8.65 15.10 14.73 11%
1960  1,691,602 21.75 2.0% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1960  6,024,000 5.86 10.11 9.27 10.17 14.96 10% Type 1 reverse
1960 D 18,215,812 8.78 6.92 7.58 8.67 10.17 18.31 14.46 12%
1961  0.2% Doubled Die Reverse
1961  3,028,244 18.21 3% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1961  8,290,000 5.58 6.56 10.56 12.05 14.72 12% Type 1 reverse
1961 D 20,276,442 8.78 7.23 8.96 10.55 15.88 14%
1962  3,218,019 24.24 3% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1962  9,714,000 6.61 11.69 8.85 9.31 14.96 15% Type 1 reverse
1962 D 35,473,281 10.02 7.94 8.63 7.55 8.43 12.21 13.90 18%
1963  3,075,645 19.77 4% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1963  25,239,645 8.83 6.92 8.26 11.69 10.87 14.46 25% Type 1 reverse
1963 D 67,069,292 6.92 8.62 8.96 9.04 10.00 13.49 27%

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