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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Two Franklin Half Dollars 1960 57 Great condition USA Silver Coins
Two Franklin Half Dollars 1960 57 Great condition USA Silver Coins
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1949 Choice BU Silver Franklin Half Dollar LUSTROUS PQ
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1960 50c PCGS MS64 Franklin Half Dollar
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1963 Gem Proof Franklin Half Dollar BEAUTIFUL HIGH QUALITY COIN
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Franklin Liberty Half Dollar collection of 24
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1951 S FRANKLIN HALF DOLLAR
1951 S FRANKLIN HALF DOLLAR
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1962 D Franklin 90 Silver Half Dollar Ships Free Buy 5 for 2 off
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1956 PROOF Franklin Half Dollar 50C Type 2 PCGS PR68 Cameo PF68 Near DCAM
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1959 D NGC MS64 FULL BELL LINES Franklin Half DollarJP
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1956 P PCGS MS66 FULL BELL LINES Franklin Half Dollar B0344
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