Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 20,900,400
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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1953 D 50C MS obverse 1953 D 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

A generous mintage has made the 1953-D half dollar common in all grades through MS-65. Since the Denver coins of this period were always the most well struck of the three issues, there is a disproportionately high number of FBL coins, though these are scarce above MS-65.

Varieties include a minor repunched mintmark and two different obverse dies featuring the so-called "Bugs Bunny" die clash marks. Like most such coins other than the very obvious 1955 edition, a lot of imagination is required to see rabbit fangs.

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Last Updated: 4/9/2020

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1953 D 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 11.50 11.50 11.50 12.00 12.50 14.00 15.00 15.50 16.00 18.50 20.00 22.00 32.00 45.00 130 785 14250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 23.00 35.00 50.00 175 1550 - -
1953 D 50C MS FBL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 23.00 24.00 31.00 37.00 60.00 110 550 22000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 26.00 33.00 40.00 70.00 230 2150 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4766
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, 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: 11/24/2020 1953 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1--11642-21152-15451851268439101---2052
----------------4-----4
-----------------3----3
-----------------------
Total1--11642-21152-15451851268443131---2059
 0%--0%1%0%0%-0%1%3%-1%2%9%62%22%1%0%--- 
1953 D 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------3-6372451874501444---2714
---------------2131---7
---------------618----15
----------------11----2
Total----------3-6372451882504565---2738
 ----------0%-0%1%9%69%18%2%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1953 D 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59676772727676767681818589981432014841708672786561096613705
626769727376767678818286921131622958923381737094261187914390
0000007676788182869211316229589233817370942600
000000767679818488951281823901300505480131019600
1953 D 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base596767727276767676818194981271512725271351754386141091613646
6267697273767676788185951081351913578023415790093811182614328
00000076767881859510813519135780234157900938100
0000007676798190971171432324421076547982571014900
1953 D 50C MS FLP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base67767681818585858589891021061391672955651738781889181127914073
70767881828585858689931031171482103859563765818597051221014777
000000858586899310311714821038595637658185970500
00000085858889981051281582524751347579185511049200
1953 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base54595963636767676772727681891311834501488596583581061113286
565960636467676769727378841031482727962980676391091150313950
0000006767697273788410314827279629806763910900
00000067677072757986117166361114244737560986000
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Grade: MS 67 FBL
Points: 7543
Owner: Green Collection
 
Grade: MS 66 FBL
Points: 3415
Owner: Ferdinand Erdman
 
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