½ Dollar "Franklin Half Dollar"

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1948-1963
Value ½ 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
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 2835
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 199,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 200
Gerhard Schön; 2018. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (46. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

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

½ Dollar "Franklin Half Dollar" -  obverse

© Harryg

Mints

D United States Mint, Denver, United States (1906-date)
P United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-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 $ 8.26 $ 8.26 $ 12 $ 13 $ 23 9%
1948 D 4 028 600 $ 6.81 $ 7.92 $ 7.92 $ 7.92 $ 11 $ 24 8%
1949  5 614 000 $ 7.51 $ 8.13 $ 10 $ 12 $ 27 10%
1949 D 4 120 600 $ 8.28 $ 9.27 $ 11 $ 14 $ 48 7%
1949 S 3 744 000 $ 6.24 $ 6.24 $ 10 $ 12 $ 20 $ 61 7%
1950  7 742 123 $ 7.63 $ 7.63 $ 7.63 $ 10 $ 10 $ 22 11%
1950  51 386 0.3% Proof
1950 D 8 031 600 $ 7.79 $ 7.79 $ 7.79 $ 7.79 $ 7.79 $ 9.22 $ 37 9%
1951  16 802 102 $ 6.66 $ 6.66 $ 8.06 $ 9.73 $ 9.73 $ 14 17%
1951  57 500 0.3% Proof
1951 D 9 475 200 $ 8.25 $ 8.25 $ 8.25 $ 9.94 $ 16 $ 28 9%
1951 S 13 696 000 $ 5.57 $ 6.09 $ 8.13 $ 9.71 $ 10 $ 29 11%
1952  21 192 093 $ 6.71 $ 6.71 $ 6.71 $ 7.78 $ 10 $ 10 $ 14 20%
1952  81 980 $ 111 0.5% Proof
1952 D 25 395 600 $ 7.73 $ 7.73 $ 7.73 $ 7.73 $ 9.05 $ 9.05 $ 16 16%
1952 S 5 526 000 $ 7.80 $ 7.80 $ 7.80 $ 7.80 $ 19 $ 44 8%
1953  2 668 120 $ 6.09 $ 7.84 $ 9.21 $ 13 $ 18 8%
1953  128 800 $ 159 0.5% Proof
1953 D 20 900 400 $ 7.36 $ 7.36 $ 7.51 $ 7.55 $ 8.02 $ 9.06 $ 17 14%
1953 S 4 148 000 $ 8.08 $ 9.09 $ 9.09 $ 9.91 $ 18 $ 33 6%
1954  13 188 202 $ 7.06 $ 7.06 $ 7.06 $ 7.23 $ 7.30 $ 13 $ 17 15%
1954  233 300 $ 83 0.7% Proof
1954 D 25 445 580 $ 3.54 $ 5.89 $ 6.56 $ 6.63 $ 8.90 $ 8.90 $ 21 16%
1954 S 4 993 400 $ 5.80 $ 9.11 $ 15 $ 15 $ 15 7%
1955  2 498 181 $ 6.09 $ 9.61 $ 12 $ 12 $ 22 6%
1955  $ 23 1.4% "Bugs Bunny" variety
1955  378 200 $ 80 0.7% Proof
1956  33 469 $ 184 0.3% Proof (Type 1 reverse)
1956  635 914 $ 45 1.3% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1956  4 032 000 $ 8.66 $ 12 $ 12 $ 21 7% Type 1 reverse
1957  1 247 952 $ 18 3% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1957  5 114 000 $ 7.27 $ 8.20 $ 8.68 $ 11 $ 38 10% Type 1 reverse
1957 D 19 966 850 $ 6.62 $ 7.05 $ 7.62 $ 7.80 $ 9.30 $ 18 14%
1958  875 652 $ 18 1.6% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1958  4 042 000 $ 7.27 $ 8.78 $ 8.78 $ 8.78 $ 17 8% Type 1 reverse
1958  $ 7.68 1.7% Type 2 reverse
1958 D 23 962 412 $ 4.89 $ 7.49 $ 7.49 $ 7.49 $ 8.25 $ 8.25 $ 14 17%
1959  1 149 291 $ 19 2% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1959  6 200 000 $ 5.18 $ 6.09 $ 9.14 $ 11 $ 16 8% Type 1 reverse
1959  $ 23 1.9% Type 2 reverse
1959 D 13 053 750 $ 7.80 $ 7.80 $ 7.80 $ 8.08 $ 9.47 $ 15 12%
1960  1 691 602 $ 17 2% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1960  6 024 000 $ 7.27 $ 8.21 $ 8.21 $ 8.88 $ 15 10% Type 1 reverse
1960 D 18 215 812 $ 7.02 $ 7.02 $ 7.83 $ 7.83 $ 8.58 $ 13 $ 13 13%
1961  0.2% Doubled Die Reverse
1961  3 028 244 $ 17 4% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1961  8 290 000 $ 6.30 $ 8.13 $ 9.97 $ 9.97 $ 13 12% Type 1 reverse
1961 D 20 276 442 $ 7.39 $ 7.72 $ 8.62 $ 9.59 $ 13 $ 16 14%
1962  3 218 019 $ 20 4% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1962  9 714 000 $ 6.09 $ 9.15 $ 9.15 $ 9.15 $ 13 15% Type 1 reverse
1962 D 35 473 281 $ 7.59 $ 7.59 $ 7.59 $ 7.59 $ 7.85 $ 11 $ 13 19%
1963  3 075 645 $ 17 4% Proof (Type 2 reverse)
1963  25 239 645 $ 7.82 $ 7.82 $ 7.82 $ 9.62 $ 9.62 $ 13 24% Type 1 reverse
1963 D 67 069 292 $ 6.61 $ 6.61 $ 6.61 $ 7.80 $ 8.14 $ 9.09 $ 11 28%

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Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Dollar "Franklin Half Dollar"
Katz
Auction 61
Lot 1188
Internet Archive
Jun 7, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 9.14
(EUR 9.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Dollar "Franklin Half Dollar"
Katz
Auction 61
Lot 1189
Internet Archive
Jun 7, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 9.14
(EUR 9.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Dollar "Franklin Half Dollar"
Katz
Auction 61
Lot 1190
Internet Archive
Jun 7, 2022 Undetermined UNC USD 10.16
(EUR 10.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Dollar "Franklin Half Dollar"
Katz
Auction 61
Lot 1187
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Jun 7, 2022 Undetermined AU USD 11.17
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