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

Featured Franklin Half Dollar Auctions




1959 D Franklin Silver Half Dollar NGC MS64FBL
1959 D Franklin Silver Half Dollar NGC MS64FBL
$35.00
Time Remaining: 31m
Buy It Now for only: $35.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
1951 P PHILADELPHIA FRANKLIN SILVER 50C HALF DOLLAR US COIN
1951 P PHILADELPHIA FRANKLIN SILVER 50C HALF DOLLAR US COIN
$9.99
Time Remaining: 31m

Bid now | Add to watch list

Lot Of 1962 50C Franklin Half Dollars 9 Coins 90 Silver
Lot Of 1962 50C Franklin Half Dollars 9 Coins 90 Silver
$57.09 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 31m

Bid now | Add to watch list

1950 D Franklin Half Dollar Mostly White Nice Eye Appeal
1950 D Franklin Half Dollar Mostly White Nice Eye Appeal
$58.32
Time Remaining: 32m

Bid now | Add to watch list

1959 D Franklin Silver Half Dollar NGC MS64FBL
1959 D Franklin Silver Half Dollar NGC MS64FBL
$35.00
Time Remaining: 32m
Buy It Now for only: $35.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
Higher Grade 1949 Franklin Half Dollar LOW Mintage 397
Higher Grade 1949 Franklin Half Dollar LOW Mintage 397
$7.50 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 33m

Bid now | Add to watch list

1954 D DENVER FRANKLIN SILVER 50C HALF DOLLAR US COIN
1954 D DENVER FRANKLIN SILVER 50C HALF DOLLAR US COIN
$9.99
Time Remaining: 33m

Bid now | Add to watch list

1959 D Franklin Silver Half Dollar NGC MS64FBL
1959 D Franklin Silver Half Dollar NGC MS64FBL
$35.00
Time Remaining: 34m
Buy It Now for only: $35.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
1957 Franklin Silver Half Dollar FBL BU Proof Superb Rainbow Color Toned Gem
1957 Franklin Silver Half Dollar FBL BU Proof Superb Rainbow Color Toned Gem
$61.04
Time Remaining: 34m
Buy It Now for only: $61.04
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
1963 D SILVER STRONG DOUBLE STRUCK DDR FRANKLIN HALF DOLLAR FREE SHIPPING
1963 D SILVER STRONG DOUBLE STRUCK DDR FRANKLIN HALF DOLLAR FREE SHIPPING
$50.00
Time Remaining: 34m
Buy It Now for only: $50.00
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
1963 D PCGS MS63 Franklin Half DollarA2408
1963 D PCGS MS63 Franklin Half DollarA2408
$17.99
Time Remaining: 34m
Buy It Now for only: $17.99
Buy It Now | Add to watch list
90 Silver 4 BU AU Franklin Half Dollars
90 Silver 4 BU AU Franklin Half Dollars
$28.00 (10 Bids)
Time Remaining: 36m

Bid now | Add to watch list

Franklin Half Dollar Resources

World Mint Coins | Coin Specifications, Resources and Coin Images