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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1963 P PROOF Franklin Half Dollar Roll 20 Coins GEMS
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1956 50c PCGS PR 66 CAM Proof Franklin Half Dollar Type 2
1956 50c PCGS PR 66 CAM Proof Franklin Half Dollar Type 2
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1961 Franklin Half Dollar Stunning Eye Appeal From an Old Farm Estate
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1962 D Franklin Half Dollar Old Farm Estate Find
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1963 Franklin Half Dollar Check out the Eye Appeal Old Farmhouse Estate Find
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1957 D Franklin Half Dollar Extremely Nice Farm Estate Find
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1962 Franklin Half Dollar Check out that Luster From an Old Farm Estate
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1963 Franklin Half Dollar in Incredible Condition Old Farm Estate Find
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1962 D Franklin Half Dollar From an Old Farmhouse Estate
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1963 D Franklin Half Dollar in Fantastic Condition FARM FIND
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1948 Franklin Half Dollar Full Bell Lines Near Gem BU FBL Blazer
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1958 D Franklin 90 Silver Half Dollar Ships Free Buy 5 for 2 off
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