Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)

Silver-Franklin-Half-DollarGeneral Coin Information

The Benjamin Franklin Half Dollar was first introduced in 1948 and was struck by the US Mint through 1963, when it was replaced by the John F. Kennedy Half Dollar. Composed of 90% silver and 10% copper, many were unfortunately melted for their intrinsic value when it rose significantly over the face value.

Many of the Franklin Half Dollars survived, however, and are a favorite among collectors. The design was scheduled to run at least another nine years, but was changed by an act of Congress shortly after the assassination of President John Kennedy.

Benjamin Franklin is considered one of the founding fathers of the United States. He was a man of many pursuits including science, politics and diplomacy. His influence upon the first years of the country can hardly be over-estimated.

The coins were struck at the Mint's facilities in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver.

Obverse Design

A portrait of Benjamin Franklin designed by John R. Sinnock is featured on the obverse of the coin. Also seen are the inscription "Liberty," "In God We Trust" and the year of mintage.

Reverse Design

The reverse of the Franklin Half Dollar shows an image of the cracked Liberty Bell with a small eagle to its side, also designed by John R. Sinnock. The inscriptions "United States of America," "Half Dollar," "E Pluribus Unum" and the mintmark, if any, are present as well.

Franklin Half Dollar Specifications


Mint: United States Mint
Finish/Condition: Circulated
Metal Content: 90% silver, 10% copper
Weight: 12.50gms
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: reeded
Issue Date: 1948-1963
Face Value: $.50
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: John R. Sinnock

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1958 thru 1963 Proof Silver Franklin Half Dollar 6 Coin Lot Six Halves 50c
1958 thru 1963 Proof Silver Franklin Half Dollar 6 Coin Lot Six Halves 50c
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The Complete Benjamin Franklin US Half Dollar Collection FOLDER ONLY NO COIN
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LOT 8 US SILVER COINS 1945 WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR 1958 D FRANKLIN HALF ETC
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1956 Franklin Half Dollar Type 2 NGC PR68 Attractive clean proof
1956 Franklin Half Dollar Type 2 NGC PR68 Attractive clean proof
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LOT 7 US SILVER COINS 1961 D  1950 D FRANKLIN HALF DOLLARS ETC
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COMPLETE SET FRANKLIN HALF DOLLARS 1948 1963 35 COINS
COMPLETE SET FRANKLIN HALF DOLLARS 1948 1963 35 COINS
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1959 D NGC MS64 FULL BELL LINES Franklin Half Dollar FW1
1959 D NGC MS64 FULL BELL LINES Franklin Half Dollar FW1
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1949 D ICG MS64 FULL BELL LINES Franklin Half Dollar B8124
1949 D ICG MS64 FULL BELL LINES Franklin Half Dollar B8124
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1957 D NGC MS64 FULL BELL LINES Franklin Half Dollar B8074
1957 D NGC MS64 FULL BELL LINES Franklin Half Dollar B8074
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1963 P PCGS MS64 Franklin Half Dollar B0343
1963 P PCGS MS64 Franklin Half Dollar B0343
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1963 D PCGS MS63 Franklin Half DollarA1209
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1962 D PCGS MS64 FULL BELL LINES Franklin Half DollarB7187
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