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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1961 Franklin Silver Half Dollar NGC PF68 STUNNING PROOF L 339 015
1961 Franklin Silver Half Dollar NGC PF68 STUNNING PROOF L 339 015
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LOT 6 US SILVER COINS 1945 WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR 1963 D FRANKLIN HALF
LOT 6 US SILVER COINS 1945 WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR 1963 D FRANKLIN HALF
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1955 Franklin Half Dollar MS64FBL PCGS Bugs Bunny FS 401 EBUX
1955 Franklin Half Dollar MS64FBL PCGS Bugs Bunny FS 401 EBUX
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1963 50 FRANKLIN HALF DOLLAR BU MINT STATE High Grade US Type Silver Coin
1963 50 FRANKLIN HALF DOLLAR BU MINT STATE High Grade US Type Silver Coin
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THREE NEAT OLD 90 SILVER HALF DOLLARS BARBER WALKING LIBERTY FRANKLIN
THREE NEAT OLD 90 SILVER HALF DOLLARS BARBER WALKING LIBERTY FRANKLIN
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1948 Franklin Half Dollar BU
1948 Franklin Half Dollar BU
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1963 Franklin Half Dollar MS UNCIRCULATED 90 Silver Very NICE
1963 Franklin Half Dollar MS UNCIRCULATED 90 Silver Very NICE
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1960 Franklin Silver Half Dollar NGC PF67 CAM CAMEO STUNNING L 337 001
1960 Franklin Silver Half Dollar NGC PF67 CAM CAMEO STUNNING L 337 001
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1952 P Franklin Half Dollar 90 silver very nice coin
1952 P Franklin Half Dollar 90 silver very nice coin
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1951 50C Proof Franklin Half Dollar NGC PF64 Beautiful Cam Reverse
1951 50C Proof Franklin Half Dollar NGC PF64 Beautiful Cam Reverse
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1956 Franklin Silver Half Dollar NTC AU58 Nice Rainbow Color Toned
1956 Franklin Silver Half Dollar NTC AU58 Nice Rainbow Color Toned
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1948 1963 Franklin Half Dollar Complete set XF BU GEM Type Coins Original
1948 1963 Franklin Half Dollar Complete set XF BU GEM Type Coins Original
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