Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,526,000
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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1952 S 50C MS obverse 1952 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The very large mintage of 1951-S half dollars seems to have resulted in a cut back during 1952, though this issue is certainly not rare in Mint State. Thousands of persons were in the habit of preserving rolls of fresh coins at their local bank year after year, a practice that largely ended with the termination of silver coinage in 1965.

The 1952-S half dollar is rather common in grades through MS-66, though nearly all of these gems are quite poorly struck from heavily worn dies, a hallmark of S-Mint coins at that time. Examples certified as having full bell lines (FBL) are very elusive.

A single variety of repunched mintmark is known for this date, and it's a bit more prominent than most such entries in the Franklin series.

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Last Updated: 4/9/2020

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1952 S 50C MS
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Base $ 12.00 12.00 12.00 13.00 13.50 15.00 18.00 20.00 35.00 45.00 47.00 55.00 70.00 90.00 130 235 2450 - - -
$ - - 20.00 22.00 38.00 - 50.00 60.00 75.00 110 150 350 - -
1952 S 50C MS FBL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 48.00 55.00 80.00 350 565 1150 2350 15275 - - -
$ - - - - - - 65.00 105 375 900 1500 4500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3201
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1952 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---151-271414-8522221140123734020---3063
---------------210103---25
--------------2814202---46
-----------------22---4
Total---151-271414-8522241150126137227---3138
 ---0%0%0%-0%0%0%0%-0%2%7%37%40%12%1%--- 
1952 S 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2975439----138
----------------1-----1
---------------232----7
-----------------------
Total-------------29774711----146
 -------------1%6%53%32%8%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1952 S 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59677276768189981021391511862012272653784618172857323743805800
626973767884929911414316319121024030340658014972984361848536090
000000929911414316319121024030340658014972984361800
0000009510112714717419621825234043369821773110399900
1952 S 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59677276768189981021391511942232959001226206829366545691276109717
6269737678849299114143165204247497100915072357413966677145831210203
000000929911414316520424749710091507235741396667714500
0000009510112714718021327169811171787264753426790737700
1952 S 50C MS FLP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6776818585899810611515116721223732095812992174307367947171788810049
707882858692101109127156182220265533107215912474431369207410860810551
00000010110912715618222026553310721591247443136920741000
00000010311213916219722929274511851882277355547045764900
1952 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5459636767728189941271391711832092443514507642727309442015579
566064676975849110513115017519222128038455514182849346346605858
000000849110513115017519222128038455514182849346300
000000869211613516017920023231541765920732972383200
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 2972
Owner: Ken Mercer
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2849
Owner: SkyMan
 
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