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 D PCGS MS63 FBL Franklin Half Dollar
1958 D PCGS MS63 FBL Franklin Half Dollar
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100 AU Slider Uncirculated 1963 D Franklin Half Dollars
100 AU Slider Uncirculated 1963 D Franklin Half Dollars
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1 UNSEARCHED BANK SEALED HALF DOLLAR ROLLS POSSIBLE 40 90 KENNEDY FRANKLIN
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1963 half dollar franklin
1963 half dollar franklin
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1959 D Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS64FBL Blast White Great Eye Appeal
1959 D Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS64FBL Blast White Great Eye Appeal
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1958 D Franklin Silver Half Dollar 90 Silver  No Reserve  P901
1958 D Franklin Silver Half Dollar 90 Silver No Reserve P901
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1958 Franklin Half Dollar PF65 NGC 017
1958 Franklin Half Dollar PF65 NGC 017
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1963 D Franklin Silver Half Dollar BU Uncirculated OBW END TONED SKU 1049
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1962 Franklin Silver Half Dollar graded MS 64 FBL by NGC
1962 Franklin Silver Half Dollar graded MS 64 FBL by NGC
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1958 Franklin Half Dollar PF66 Cameo NGC 016
1958 Franklin Half Dollar PF66 Cameo NGC 016
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1954 S 90 Silver Uncirculated Franklin Half Dollar Old Silver Coin BU Condition
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1956 Type 1 Franklin Half Dollar PF66 NGC 015
1956 Type 1 Franklin Half Dollar PF66 NGC 015
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