Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,498,181
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.35 (4/19/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1955 50C MS obverse 1955 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The large mintages of half dollars at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints during 1954 evidently provided enough pieces to hold down production for the next three years. Only Philly coined halves for circulation in 1955. Most of these were not released until the following year, and speculators were waiting for them. This issue was always rare in circulation, as most of it was preserved by the roll. Gems are plentiful through MS-66, though many of these coins are poorly struck from worn dies. FBL examples are in the minority, but speculative interest in this date has led to enough submissions that certified pieces are readily available.

No varieties are reported for the currency strikes, aside from the popular "Bugs Bunny" die clash. This is the date that first drew attention the curious effect created when the eagle's feathers clashed in the area of Franklin's mouth.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 4/19/2021

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1955 50C MS
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Base $ 10.25 10.25 10.25 14.00 15.00 16.50 18.25 18.50 19.50 23.00 24.00 26.00 35.00 43.00 80.00 190 1950 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 30.00 38.00 50.00 95.00 500 - -
1955 50C MS FBL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 25.00 26.00 29.00 45.00 60.00 110 390 8000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 27.00 32.00 50.00 75.00 195 1450 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 12100
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 4/13/2021 1955 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----114310421191861030418716441646---7298
---------------132----6
--------------1956----21
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Total-----114310421191861031419716521726---7325
 -----0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%3%14%57%23%2%0%--- 
1955 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-760528329577412512---4802
---------------111----3
---------------154121---32
-----------------1----1
Total----------1-760528331177913913---4838
 ----------0%-0%1%11%68%16%3%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1955 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59677276767681818185891021061191591903306402552338245626023
626973767678818182869310311013216923743312772829377550496324
000000818182869310311013216923743312772829377500
000000818184889810511514618028353719153105416900
1955 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base596772767676818181858910210611918325552710886473683777519886
6269737676788181828693103110140207346714288365947142846310380
000000818182869310311014020734671428836594714200
000000818184889810511516223143690146786716744600
1955 50C MS FLP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6776818585858989899498115119127201278565115567207094803310223
70788285858689899195104116122152227374762301068457407876310734
0000008989919510411612215222737476230106845740700
0000008989929710911812417625246995848656969772000
1955 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base545963676767727272768194981061431753045972433323443775796
56606467676972727378859510111815421840212092700361548506086
00000072727378859510111815421840212092700361500
00000072727579909710313116426149918212967399600
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Grade: MS 67 FBL
Points: 6473
Owner: Ferqua
 
Grade: MS 66 FBL
Points: 4678
Owner: Ferdinand Erdman
 
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