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Saturday January 19, 2019

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Franklin Half Dollar
Years of Production: 1948 to 1963
Compostion: Silver and copper
Minted at: Franklin half dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint, Denver Mint and San Francisco Mint.
Location of Mint Mark: Reverse side, above Liberty Bell
Designer: The Franklin half dollar was designed by John R. Sinnock.
Comments: The Franklin half dollar's production run ended abruptly when it was superseded by the Kennedy half dollar in 1964. Click coins at right to view obverse and reverse coin detail.

How much is my Franklin Half Dollar worth? A Half Dollar -- with a face value of 50 cents -- can be worth more depending on certain factors. The silver content of Franklin Half Dollars increases their value. Coin value is dependant on the coin's condition, often rated as Fair, Good (G), Very Good (VG), Fine (F), Very Fine (VF) or Extremely Fine (EF or XF). Proof coins are specially struck coins with mirrored surfaces.

In addition to the quality of a coin, its value is also dependant on how rare it is. Below is a list of the approximate mintages of Franklin Half Dollars.

1948 3 Million
1948-D 4 Million
1949 6 Million
1949-D 4 Million
1949-S 4 Million
1950 8 Million
1950-D 8 Million
1951 17 Million
1951-D 10 Million
1951-S 14 Million
1952 21 Million
1952-D 25 Million
1952-S 6 Million
1953 3 Million
1953-D 21 Million
1953-S 4 Million
1954 13 Million
1954-D 25 Million
1954-S 5 Million
1955 3 Million
1956 5 Million
1957 6 Million
1957-D 20 Million
1958 5 Million
1958-D 24 Million
1959 7 Million
1959-D 13 Million
1960 8 Million
1960-D 18 Million
1961 11 Million
1961-D 20 Million
1962 13 Million
1962-D 36 Million
1963 25 Million
1963-D 67 Million

Coins - Half Dollars - Franklin Half Dollars

Coin collecting or Numismatics rewards the hobbyist in many ways. Coin values can be strictly described as the monetary value or price of given coins; but the knowledge of history, economics and geography available to coin collectors makes coin collecting an invaluable experience well worth sharing with friends, children and grandchildren.

A coin collection need not start with particularly old, rare, or valuable coins of gold or silver. Young collectors are captivated by the unfamiliar designs of such standard American coins as the Indian Head Penny and the Buffalo Nickel. Representative examples of such quintessential coins can be obtained at minimal cost to novice collectors willing to accept coins with high mintages or some wear. Patient culling can be more economical than paying dealer prices. Such coins will help teach basic lessons in grading coins and help to fill up the empty slots in the novice's coin albums. The newly released State Quarters series and Sacagawea Dollars can also be interesting points of entry for young hobbyists discovering the world of coin collecting.

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