Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 669,384
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.15 (7/27/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1956 TYPE 2 50C PF obverse 1956 TYPE 2 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The majority of 1956 proof half dollars would coined using reverse dies taken from an improved hub. This is most easily seen in the increased sharpness of the eagle figure, which hereafter is bolder and has just three long wing feathers to the left of the eagle's perch. NGC routinely makes this reverse type distinction as a normal part of the grading process.

The 1956 Type 2 is the first entry in the Franklin series in which Cameo and even Ultra Cameo examples exist in sufficient numbers to be readily collectible.

Several DDO and DDR varieties are known for this issue, and the better ones are attributed by NGC under its VarietyPlus service.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/1/2019

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1956 TYPE 2 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 23.00 24.00 26.00 30.00 35.00 45.00 75.00 95.00 140 460 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 80.00 105 170
1956 TYPE 2 50C PF CA
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 28.00 37.00 45.00 75.00 115 155 325 790 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 130 165 415
1956 TYPE 2 50C PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 35.00 45.00 75.00 160 190 335 665 3500 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 475 1330

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 22652
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 69

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/27/2021 1956 TYPE 2 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------31513351024161891915558511896-19368
--------------111477402472219-1186
------------------104--14
------------------31--4
Total----------31513361034301968957063282115-20572
 ----------0%0%0%0%0%1%2%10%47%31%10%- 
1956 TYPE 2 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------211963240945986442-2698
---------------2821115188116-450
-----------------2811--21
------------------14--5
Total-------------21217126310691189558-3174
 -------------0%0%1%2%8%34%37%18%- 
1956 TYPE 2 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------14236150257136-586
------------------16--7
------------------17--8
-----------------------
Total--------------14236152270136-601
 --------------0%1%0%6%25%45%23%- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1956 TYPE 2 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base545459636772768185899410210611515118328840951586514941695
5456606469737882869197103109127162218328444632107515611780
0000007882869197103109127162218328444632107500
0000007984889299105112139172253369480748128400
1956 TYPE 2 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5454596367727681858994111115143183288527597882135132383817
545660646973788286911001121241562183685506921038198034314008
000000788286911001121241562183685506921038198000
000000798488921051141341702534475747871195260900
1956 TYPE 2 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5054545963677276818589949810611913114320134259711861505
51545660646973788286919510111012313516224842779312921580
00000073788286919510111012313516224842779300
00000075798488929710311512713918229551299000
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Grade: PF 69
Points: 3564
Owner: GlenL
 
Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 3363
Owner: Randolph Collection
 
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