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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1954 D Franklin Half Dollar 90 Silver NGC MS63 5300
1954 D Franklin Half Dollar 90 Silver NGC MS63 5300
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1921 Alabama Half Dollar 50c Franklin Mint Miniature Sterling Silver Proof Coin
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1921 Missouri Half Dollar 50c Franklin Mint Miniature Sterling Silver Proof Coin
1921 Missouri Half Dollar 50c Franklin Mint Miniature Sterling Silver Proof Coin
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1961 PROOF Franklin Half Dollar 50C NGC PR68 Star Looks Cameo
1961 PROOF Franklin Half Dollar 50C NGC PR68 Star Looks Cameo
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1951 Franklin Silver Half Dollar J329
1951 Franklin Silver Half Dollar J329
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1951 PAIR 1955 Franklin Nice Full Bell Lines MS 64 50cent Half Dollar Free Ship
1951 PAIR 1955 Franklin Nice Full Bell Lines MS 64 50cent Half Dollar Free Ship
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1955 Bugs Bunny Variety FS 401 Franklin MS 64 FBL 50 Cent Half Dollar Free Ship
1955 Bugs Bunny Variety FS 401 Franklin MS 64 FBL 50 Cent Half Dollar Free Ship
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1955 P 50C FRANKLIN HALF DOLLAR COIN
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1960 50c Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS65 90 SILVER
1960 50c Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS65 90 SILVER
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1956 P 50C FRANKLIN HALF DOLLAR COIN
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1963 D Franklin 90 SILVER Half Dollar Circulated     t2
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1957 P 50C FRANKLIN HALF DOLLAR COIN
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