Lot Number:20
Start Time:4/30/2024 4:00:00 AM
End Time:5/19/2024 10:10:30 PM
Bid Count:13
Winning Bidder:r****t
Starting Bid:$1.00
Bid Increment:$1.50
Current Bid:$16.00
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The Franklin half dollar was a United States silver coin minted from 1948 to 1963. Here's a breakdown of its key features and history:


  • Obverse (front): Featured a profile portrait of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. This marked the first time a non-president appeared on a circulating U.S. coin.
  • Reverse (back): Displayed the Liberty Bell, a symbol of American independence. A small eagle was included on the reverse to comply with the legal requirement for half dollars to depict an eagle.

Historical Context (1948-1963):

  • Introduced to address a shortage of circulating silver coinage following World War II (1939-1945).
  • Minted from 90% silver and 10% copper.
  • Replaced by the Kennedy half dollar in 1964, which was minted with a less precious metal composition due to rising silver prices.

Composition and Mintage:

  • Minted at three U.S. Mints: Philadelphia (no mintmark), Denver ("D" mintmark), and San Francisco ("S" mintmark).
  • Produced in large quantities throughout its mintage period.

Popularity Among Collectors:

  • Franklin half dollars are popular collectibles due to their:
    • Silver content (for earlier issues)
    • Historical significance
    • Variations in mint locations and year of issue
    • Beautiful design


The value of a Franklin half dollar depends on several factors:

  • Condition: A well-preserved coin (higher grade) will be worth more than a worn one.
  • Year of Issue and Mintmark: Certain years and mintmarks, particularly those with lower mintage numbers, can be more valuable.
  • Silver Content: Earlier circulated Franklin half dollars (before 1965) have a higher silver content (90%) and can be worth more based on the current silver price.

Here's a general range for common circulated Franklin half dollars:

  • $10 to $20 (depending on year and condition)

Uncirculated specimens, especially from the earlier years or with rare varieties, can be worth hundreds of dollars.

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