Franklin Half

The Franklin Half Dollar was introduced in 1948, replacing the prior depiction of Liberty. The coin was designed by John Sinnock, who had also created the new design for the ten cent denomination a few years earlier. The obverse of the Franklin Half Dollar features a right-facing portrait of Benjamin Franklin. The reverse of the coin features a large, central depiction of the Liberty Bell. A diminutive eagle with wings outstretched appears to the right of the bell. 


Franklin Half Dollar

One of the most important considerations for the Franklin Half series is the strike quality. The coin features overall low relief and many broad, flat surfaces. The designation Full Bell Lines is awarded to sharply struck coins, which display full and uninterrupted horizontal lines on the lower portion of the Liberty Bell.

  • For the Franklin Half Dollar coin series:
  • The series has a duration of 16 years, with coins issued each year between 1948 and 1963.
  • There were a total of 35 different date and mint mark combinations. Coins were minted at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints.
  • The lowest mintage is held by the 1955 Franklin Half Dollar with 2,498,181.
  • The highest mintage occurred for the 1963-D Franklin Half Dollar with 67,069,292.
  • The average mintage across all date and mint mark combinations is 13,308,984.

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Franklin Half Dollar Mintages

1948 3,006,814
1948-D 4,028,600
1949 5,614,000
1949-D 4,120,600
1949-S 3,744,000
1950 7,742,123
1950-D 8,031,600
1951 16,802,102
1951-D 9,475,200
1951-S 13,696,000
1952 21,192,093
1952-D 25,395,600
1952-S 5,526,000
1953 2,668,120
1953-D 20,900,400
1953-S 4,148,000
1954 13,188,202
1954-D 25,445,580
1954-S 4,993,400
1955 2,498,181
1956 4,032,000
1957 5,114,000
1957-D 19,966,850
1958 4,042,000
1958-D 23,962,412
1959 6,200,000
1959-D 13,053,750
1960 6,024,000
1960-D 18,215,812
1961 8,290,000
1961-D 20,276,442
1962 9,714,000
1962-D 35,473,281
1963 22,164,000
1963-D 67,069,292

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