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(1948-1963) Franklin Half-Dollar Coin

CoinTrapTM Commentary: Made of 90% silver, the Franklin Half Dollar coin was minted from 1948-1963, and would have been minted for at least nine more years had it not been for John F. Kennedy’s assassination.  The nation was in mourning and Congress passed a bill to honor the fallen Kennedy on the new Half Dollar.

But before the Kennedy Half, the Franklin Half was the reigning half-dollar coin.  The obverse of the Franklin half features of bust of Benjamin Franklin and the reverse features the liberty bell, a symbol of freedom not only to Americans, but to many others around world.  To comply with U.S. law, a small eagle is located next to the liberty bell.  Although many Franklin halves were melted during the 1960s for their silver bullion content, many are still in existence and traded among collectors at relatively modest values.

Coin Value: What is the value of your Franklin Half-Dollar coin?  As one might expect, it depends. The Franklin Half-Dollar coin worth or value depends on these main factors: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin (Deep Cameo or DCAM) having a mirror-like polished finish, (3) the mint (e.g., S for San Francisco, and D for Denver), and (4) scarcity/demand. Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect). This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short. Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your Franklin Half-Dollar coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes the factors mentioned above into account*.  If you do not know the grade of your Franklin Half-Dollar coin, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

Franklin Half-Dollar Coin Mint Years: 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963

Franklin Half-Dollar - Obverse

Franklin Half-Dollar - Reverse

Obverse - Franklin Half-Dollar Coin

Designer: John R. Sinnock

Reverse - Franklin Half-Dollar Coin

Engraver: John R. Sinnock

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      Congress hastily passed a bill after the assassination of John F. Kennedy (November 22, 1963) to honor Kennedy on the U.S. Half-Dollar coin. The Franklin Half-Dollar was therefore replaced in 1964 by the Kennedy Half-Dollar.

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