Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 20,276,442
Catalog: KM-199
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.58 (9/19/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1961 D 50C MS obverse 1961 D 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In 1959, the Mint switched to plastic wrappers that prevented toning. The later date Franklins with toning as found here are highly unusual and quite desirable.

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Last Updated: 10/31/2013

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1961 D 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 10.80 10.85 10.90 10.95 11.15 11.15 11.60 11.85 14.00 16.00 16.50 20.00 21.00 22.00 28.00 130 1050 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 23.00 25.00 34.00 200 1500 - -
1961 D 50C MS Full Bell Lines
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 20.00 22.00 24.00 33.00 70.00 500 7500 - - - -
$ - - - - - 23.00 24.00 27.00 37.00 115 940 9000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3055
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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6/3/2004 PCGS MS 65   Full Bell Lines Heritage Auctions 2004 June Long Beach Signature Sale #349, 349/Lot# 8558 $552.00
2/7/2006 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26022, 26022/Lot# 11354 $86.25
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1459 $86.25
11/9/2010 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2957, 2957/Lot# 1126 $27.00
7/26/2012 NGC MS 66   Full Bell Lines Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 9300 $3,220.00
3/24/2013 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 744, 753/Lot# 934 $30.00
4/13/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 171152 $77.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1961 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9242424242424282828282832325411547118522621360648416365
14242424242425282828282932397423393121082949401753490
00000025282828282932397423393121082949401700
000000262828282830324694352139123643277442900
1961 D 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9282828282828323232323237375912750719502747376650406609
15282828282829323232323337448125398822153086419055630
00000029323232323337448125398822153086419000
0000003032323232353751104380146924813426461500
1961 D 50C MS Full Bell Lines
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111112282832323745761192551239375150226586848610764
1111141728293233395590164583207641745543721992450
0000001728293233395590164583207641745543721900
00000022283032354265104209911291345986064785200
1961 D 50C MS Full Bell Lines, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111112323237374150851312781312391652266836878711123
11111418323337384461100180622218043525762748695650
00000018323337384461100180622218043525762748600
00000025323537394773115229967304847896299813600
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Grade: MS 65 FBL
Points: 1239
Owner: Endds
 
Grade: MS 65 FBL
Points: 1239
Owner: Ferdinand Erdman
 
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