Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,668,120
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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1953 50C MS obverse 1953 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This entry has the second lowest mintage in the Franklin Half Dollar series and was always a bit scarce in circulation. Thousands of Mint State coins were saved by collectors and speculators, who perhaps were not even aware that it would prove to have a relatively low production.

By 1953 the master hubs for this coin type were showing obvious signs of detail loss, with Franklin's finer hairlines and the bell's more delicate lines rarely being visible after 1951 or so. This entry is thus very elusive with FBL, though ordinary strikes are fairly common through MS-65.

No varieties have been observed for 1953(P) halves.

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Last Updated: 5/13/2021

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1953 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 10.75 10.75 10.75 11.00 11.25 11.50 11.50 11.75 12.75 22.50 23.00 26.00 40.00 53.00 130 400 4600 - - -
$ 11.25 11.50 11.50 12.25 13.25 - 24.00 29.00 43.00 60.00 150 565 - -
1953 50C MS FBL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 23.00 26.00 42.00 75.00 160 775 1450 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 28.00 47.00 85.00 210 1100 5000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2970
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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 1953 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----2-319843-12412981344721873---2572
---------------22-----4
---------------1027----19
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Total----2-319843-12412981356725943---2595
 ----0%-0%0%0%0%2%-0%2%11%52%28%4%0%--- 
1953 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1--3482558011----398
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---------------343----10
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Total----------1--3482588414----408
 ----------0%--1%12%63%21%3%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1953 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59677276767676768181859410211917923048410513838504466148520
62697376767676788182889710813919631567319804240556772498946
00000076788182889710813919631567319804240556700
00000076798184919911315921339986229094642609100
1953 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base596772767676767681818594106171288586167323353838507566528565
626973767676767881828898128210387948189428364250560172908993
000000767881828898128210387948189428364250560100
00000076798184911021492494871311211433374663612600
1953 50C MS FLP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6776818585858585898994102119186314631176429023961528169048868
70788285858585868991971081412294201009214332554401582275599311
00000085868991971081412294201009214332554401582200
00000085888992991131642715251386252336084841636300
1953 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base545963676767676772727689941061632124509903675484563718226
5660646767676769727380919812517929163018854065535469898637
0000006769727380919812517929163018854065535400
00000067707275859210214419637181027804455586200
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 65 FBL
Points: 1894
Owner: Liberty1776
 
Grade: MS 65 FBL
Points: 1673
Owner: Endds
 
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