Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 16,802,102
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.80 (5/13/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1951 50C MS obverse 1951 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue experienced the highest production of half dollars since the final war year of 1945, a sure sign that the record wartime production had been fully distributed and was beginning to need replenishment. On the down side, the dies for 1951(P) half dollars were run too long, with poor details being the result. Some of this was due to deterioration of the master hubs, and this problem grew steadily until new masters were made in 1960.

Examples are scarce above MS-64, with just enough graded MS-65 to meet the needs of serious collectors. The proportion of coins certified as having FBL, however, is lower than for preceding dates in the series.

1951(P) is one of several entries in the Franklin series to display so-called "Bugs Bunny" die clashing. The feathers of the small eagle figure on the reverse imparted varying degrees of raised metal to the obverse of coins struck from these clashed dies. To the imaginative, these marks sometimes resemble rabbit fangs, hence the popular name.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/13/2021

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1951 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 10.75 10.75 10.75 11.00 11.25 11.50 11.50 11.75 12.75 18.00 20.00 22.00 25.00 42.00 80.00 335 3250 - - -
$ 11.25 11.50 11.50 12.25 13.25 - 21.00 23.00 28.00 48.00 110 950 - -
1951 50C MS FBL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 26.00 27.00 32.00 40.00 85.00 250 625 15500 - - -
$ - - - - - - 28.00 33.00 45.00 105 300 1150 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3563
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing VG series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1951 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--13824664111731510925212498961067---2825
---------------22-1---5
---------------217162---37
-----------------1----1
Total--138246641117315109252125391512310---2868
 --0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%4%0%1%4%9%44%32%4%0%--- 
1951 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------2211582410176428---738
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---------------179----17
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Total----------2211582411183518---755
 ----------0%0%0%2%11%54%24%7%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1951 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59676772727276767676818589981151863309403270382451126697
6267697272737676767882869210413923453317173455425356407032
0000007676767882869210413923453317173455425300
0000007676767984889510916228273724933639468300
1951 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59676772727276767676811061111311593308381461658183021054413206
626769727273767676788910811814021649910463168715590491143113866
0000007676767889108118140216499104631687155904900
0000007676767998109124150273669125348747728979700
1951 50C MS FLP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base67767681818185858585891191231431713578931566683085981089713623
707678818182858585869912013015223353611173321741993641180614304
0000008585858699120130152233536111733217419936400
000000858585881091221361622957141342507580091013100
1951 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base54595963636367676767727681891021713048823126366249116451
565960636364676767697378849312521549716303305407854246774
000000676767697378849312521549716303305407800
000000676767707579869814826068923783483449500
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Grade: MS 67 FBL
Points: 6581
Owner: Ferqua
 
Grade: MS 67 FBL
Points: 6581
Owner: Green Collection
 
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