Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,148,000
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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1953 S 50C MS obverse 1953 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

All San Francisco Mint coins of the 1950s were widely hoarded by the roll at the time of issue, so the modest mintage of this issue has had not impact on its availability in Mint State. Gems are plentiful through MS-66, these typically being quite poorly struck from severely worn dies. Both of those strike qualities tend to deflect contact marks or make them difficult to discern. Coins certified as having FBL are rare in all grades, due to the generally poor quality control practiced at the San Francisco Mint in its final years before the suspension of coin production.

This issue offers one of the more easily seen repunched mintmark varieties of the Franklin series, FS-501.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/1/2020

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1953 S 50C MS
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Base $ 12.00 12.00 12.00 13.00 13.50 14.00 15.00 18.00 24.00 28.00 29.00 32.00 40.00 60.00 95.00 250 1900 - - -
$ - - - - 25.00 - 30.00 33.00 45.00 70.00 115 450 3650 -
1953 S 50C MS FBL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 5500 16250 28500 43000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 270 750 6500 17000 40000 68500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6275
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 1953 S 50C MS
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Base---2121-342511281551680365768516---6261
---------------116111---29
---------------1186571---155
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Total---2121-342511281551692375975318---6445
 ---0%0%0%0%-0%0%0%0%0%0%2%26%58%12%0%--- 
1953 S 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1481----14
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-----------------2----2
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Total--------------1483----16
 --------------6%25%50%19%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1953 S 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59677276768181858585981271311431792584128463198382451126697
6269737678818285858910812813515520530955716303407425356407032
0000008285858910812813515520530955716303407425300
0000008485859411713013916723236170124143615468300
1953 S 50C MS FBL
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Base59677276768181858585984506841066363954177756958811736146111797721885
6269737678818285858921552881119244232619783671030412694157331928022979
00000082858589215528811192442326197836710304126941573300
00000084858594333606939278148246976897711020136531685500
1953 S 50C MS FLP
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Base677681858589899494941064847311131380056338038991812118150601850022490
7078828586899194949823256686420214411643586651065113099162071983023615
00000091949498232566864202144116435866510651130991620700
000000929494102358649998291050227236929111385140791735300
1953 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base54596367677272767676891151191311632373817933057326649116451
566064676972737676809811612314218828551815483127381454246774
000000737676809811612314218828551815483127381400
0000007576768510611812715221233365623023196436300
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3057
Owner: Frey 100
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1548
Owner: Buckadee
 
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