Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 57,500
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.23 (11/28/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1951 50C PF obverse 1951 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Proof sales, which had more than doubled between 1942 and 1950, rose only slightly for 1951. The quality of the coins improved, though there are still many 1951 proof half dollars coined with only semi-brilliant fields. It may be that the dies were fully polished when new but lost some of their brilliance after repeated use. The standard of quality familiar to collectors in proofs coined during recent decades was simply unimaginable in the 1950s.

Fully brilliant gems are fairly available, but coins possessing Cameo contrast are more elusive, especially in grades above PF-65. Ultra Cameo examples are quite rare and bring strong premiums.

Several minor doubled-die reverse varieties are known for proof 1951 halves, but the most highly sought is FS-801. It features naked-eye doubling of the bell's inscription.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/24/2020

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1951 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 165 235 265 285 375 550 1100 2500 8750 35000 -
$ - - - - - - - - 310 400 575 1230 3150 -
1951 50C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 265 320 415 570 1000 1800 4700 28000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 640 1000 2900 12250 -
1951 50C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 535 825 1750 3850 11500 32500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 18000 77500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4501
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 69

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1951 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------16424933319781102862466411-3909
--------------1316961--36
--------------11715182--44
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Total---------16424933339821125886490441-3989
 ---------0%0%0%1%2%8%25%28%22%12%1%0%- 
1951 50C PF CA
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Base-------------84216414994436--506
---------------4141---10
-----------------1-1--2
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Total-------------84216815099447--518
 -------------2%8%32%29%19%8%1%-- 
1951 50C PF UC
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Base--------------327242012---86
----------------1-----1
-----------------51---6
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Total--------------327252513---93
 --------------3%29%27%27%14%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1951 50C PF CA
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Base3333333321633647759775485610131284148823023868775684280
33333337425638351764978890811031352175928245164798084280
00000037425638351764978890811031352175928245164798000
000000314529643055770282296111941420203133466460820400
1951 50C PF UC
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Base333333332413695296338091186153123023386546682008715944610221
3333333822844225646929351301178826634079637783728959970410732
000000382284422564692935130117882663407963778372895900
00000031623264765987501060141620453025477372898543920200
1951 50C PF
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Base33333333198308448539695760793949120617992754456550210
3333333682353554785917177718451035140421173358471750210
0000003682353554785917177718451035140421173358471700
00000031332714015096437387828971120160124363961486900
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Grade: PF 67 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 8372
Owner: R_J_R
 
Grade: PF 67 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 8200
Owner: NAA
 
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