Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 128,800
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.11 (7/27/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1953 50C PF obverse 1953 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1950 proof set was already commanding a noteworthy premium by 1953, and speculative buying of multiple sets per order drove sales of the 1953 set to 50% more than the previous year. Gems are thus fairly plentiful, though certified Cameo coins remain in the minority, since the Philadelphia Mint did little or nothing to maintain the frosted die cavities which produced such coins. Ultra Cameo examples, as for all dates in the Franklin series, are rare.

There are no DDO or DDR varieties known for the 1953 proof half dollar. At least one reverse die is known to have been re-engraved to restore details lost to aggressive polishing of the die. Among the shallowest features of the Franklin Half Dollar's reverse are the eagle's wing feathers, and these often are faint or entirely missing on proofs. The feathers on the eagle's left (viewer's right) wing were very crudely restored with a graver in an attempt to prolong the life of a tired die that should have been retired.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/25/2021

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1953 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 50.00 55.00 70.00 110 135 195 290 600 1900 15500 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 145 215 320 975 2200
1953 50C PF CA
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 85.00 110 160 195 285 465 1050 4400 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 310 585 1700 12000
1953 50C PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 310 435 925 1580 2200 11000 77500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1400 1850 3400 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7290
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/27/2021 1953 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------236318122192012861660132426215-5811
--------------221506773201-234
----------------311246--44
-----------------2----2
Total---------236318122394113391740142128816-6091
 ---------0%0%0%1%1%4%15%22%29%23%5%0%- 
1953 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------173516439144331564--1420
---------------191593--37
-----------------8105--23
-----------------2----2
Total------------173516540046833472--1482
 ------------0%0%2%11%27%32%23%5%-- 
1953 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1191115175--59
-----------------------
---------------1------1
-----------------------
Total-------------11101115175--60
 -------------2%2%17%18%25%28%8%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1953 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333508914322032039553960979310881753360180588849
3333333196310716925334544356267089113102369508783229291
0000003196310716925334544356267089113102369508700
0000003347612519428737049158673299015312985657200
1953 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333548915924159783810441634218325858009111721179812178
3333333206611218636067790712411817231743939063113811192512787
00000032066112186360677907124118172317439390631138100
000000337771362144787589751437200024516201101181158900
1953 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333345811312272483084234896098021239240161696820
33333331757981632342683464455296739481626365763867161
00000031757981632342683464455296739481626365700
0000003316911419524128838546756973810932014491300
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Grade: PF 68 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 11172
Owner: R_J_R
 
Grade: PF 68 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 11172
Owner: RCTVClient
 
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