Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,744,000
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.41 (6/23/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1949 S 50C MS obverse 1949 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Aside from the Booker T. Washington Half Dollars struck for collectors, this was the first half dollar emission from the San Francisco Mint since 1946. The huge mintages of 1941-45 had eliminated the need for additional circulating halves in the West, and 1949's production was at the modest, pre-war level typical of this mint. Widely preserved by the roll, the 1949-S half dollar is certainly not rare, and it is actually rather plentiful at the gem level of MS-65. Higher grades are also more available than for its P and D cousins, but this may be a reflection of the typical weak striking of S-Mint coins from this period that tends to be more resistant to contact marks.

Also somewhat characteristic of S-Mint coins from the late 1940s is aggressive polishing of the dies to extend their service life. This added to the number of coins displaying weak strikes and also imparted semi-brilliant fields. Thus, there are a modest number of examples certified as PL (prooflike). These PL coins, however, are very rare in the higher grades.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 6/24/2021

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1949 S 50C MS
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Base $ 15.00 16.00 16.50 16.50 20.00 20.00 20.00 35.00 40.00 72.00 80.00 90.00 100 115 135 275 2250 - - -
$ - - 22.50 38.00 45.00 - 85.00 95.00 105 120 160 385 3300 -
1949 S 50C MS FBL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 75.00 80.00 90.00 135 260 410 750 6500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 100 145 300 600 1450 11750 -
1949 S 50C MS FLP
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 625 1700 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 3850 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4054
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/22/2021 1949 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---27111171752123-301463041320130123571--3574
-------------11917101---39
---------------131415----42
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Total---27111171752123-301473051342133226081--3655
 ---0%0%0%0%0%0%1%3%-1%4%8%37%36%7%0%0%-- 
1949 S 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------2--13291521826110---449
-------------11363----14
---------------35121---21
------------------1---1
Total----------2--14301581937612---485
 ----------0%--3%6%33%40%16%2%--- 
1949 S 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2-731----13
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Total-------------2-731----13
 -------------15%-54%23%8%---- 
1949 S 50C MS FLP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------4122----18
----------------1-----1
----------------11----2
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Total---------------4143----21
 ---------------19%67%14%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1949 S 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5967727676818585891671792953043363634425008542740354047606266
626973767882858611517121829831534538946161814833007394752626579
000000858611517121829831534538946161814833007394700
000000858814117525630132535441648173621113273435300
1949 S 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5967727676818585891671792883013364637931117153149356565846010733
62697376788285861151712152923133785739011255266654787197921811270
0000008586115171215292313378573901125526665478719700
00000085881411752522973244216831009139338006022782800
1949 S 50C MS FLP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6776818585899494981831943143273634978471186161951376813876011090
70788285869194951261872343183394086149601330279256967462953711645
0000009495126187234318339408614960133027925696746200
00000094971551902743233514527301073147539646254811100
1949 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5963676767818181811551632782983203513954637742614283631583505
606467677281818110615820128530533036641856713872688294332743680
000000818110615820128530533036641856713872688294300
000000818113016024029131334138044067020012762305100
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Grade: MS 66 FBL
Points: 2666
Owner: Frey 100
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2614
Owner: BenO
 
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