Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,032,000
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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1956 50C MS obverse 1956 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint alone coined half dollars during 1956. This issue is common across all grades through MS-66, and it was produced with a bit more care than during the several preceding years. Thus, certified FBL coins are likewise readily available, though in lesser proportion.

A single doubled-die obverse variety is known for the currency strikes. Also found is a minor "Bugs Bunny" clash of far lesser interest than that of 1955.

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Last Updated: 8/13/2020

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1956 50C MS
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Base $ 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 12.00 15.00 17.50 20.00 22.00 24.00 30.00 52.00 95.00 900 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 26.00 33.00 65.00 140 - -
1956 50C MS FBL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 24.00 25.00 27.00 33.00 50.00 85.00 215 2000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 28.00 35.00 65.00 135 425 8750 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 12554
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: 11/24/2020 1956 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----2-142823-2368254744228266846---8643
---------------3133---10
---------------2614----22
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Total----2-142823-2368254749228968549---8675
 ----0%-0%0%0%0%0%-0%0%10%55%26%8%1%--- 
1956 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------111343257972024017---3911
---------------24-1---7
---------------56187---36
-----------------1----1
Total------------111343258673025925---3955
 ------------0%0%9%65%18%7%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1956 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41454545454545505059728189981061352273781697215730154102
424545454545475053637584921011161662778181850244333774307
000000475053637584921011161662778181850244300
0000004850566878869510312519632812572004272900
1956 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4145454545454550505972981021111352203957253984416755377214
42454545454547505363819910511916327850518114045462460967575
00000047505363819910511916327850518114045462400
000000485056688910110812719233761528984106508000
1956 50C MS FLP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45505050505050545467811061151231472414267744157434557567481
475050505050515458728910911813117830354219024220481563317855
000000515458728910911813117830354219024220481500
000000535463769811212013921036465830294282528600
1956 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3741414141414145455463728189981232093511609205228793932
38414141414142454857667584921061522567701757232832304129
00000042454857667584921061522567701757232800
000000444551606978869511518030411901904260300
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Grade: MS 67 FBL
Points: 4045
Owner: Ken Mercer
 
Grade: MS 67 FBL
Points: 3984
Owner: Ferqua
 
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