Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,114,000
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $10.04 (5/17/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1957 50C MS obverse 1957 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint's production of half dollars rose slightly from the previous year. Quality was generally not a consideration, and the vast majority of these coins display rather weak strikes from worn dies. Gems are nonetheless plentiful through MS-66, with FBL coins also being fairly available though in far lesser proportion. Sometimes seen are richly toned examples that have been retrieved from the U. S. Mint's packaged Uncirculated Sets. From 1947-58 these sets were mounted within cardboard and covered in paper, both of which provided a range of toning from beautiful to nearly black. The degree and attractiveness of this toning depended on the length of exposure and the storage environment.

No varieties are reported for 1957(P) half dollars.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 5/17/2021

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1957 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 11.00 11.00 11.00 11.25 11.50 11.75 11.75 12.00 13.00 17.50 20.00 22.00 23.00 30.00 48.00 85.00 660 - - -
$ 11.50 11.75 11.75 12.50 13.50 - - - 24.00 33.00 55.00 175 1150 -
1957 50C MS FBL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 22.00 23.00 25.00 32.00 50.00 100.00 240 2450 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 26.00 35.00 65.00 120 570 6700 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6615
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1957 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----11223517-12322627152077735391--5848
---------------2251---10
---------------36413---53
-----------------1----1
Total----11223517-12322627202085782431--5912
 ----0%0%0%0%0%0%0%-0%0%4%46%35%13%1%0%-- 
1957 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1339022311724---767
----------------11----2
---------------32131---19
-----------------1----1
Total--------------1339322613225---789
 --------------2%50%29%17%3%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1957 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base414545454545454550505972818998102135205348142330154102
424545454545454750536375849299113158253706195433774307
000000454750536375849299113158253706195400
00000045485056687886951011241823001065248400
1957 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base414545454545454550505989941021312374097932960422556097302
4245454545454547505369919711216629453715153382468661737667
0000004547505369919711216629453715153382468600
0000004548505679929912120235266522383803514800
1957 50C MS FLP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4550505050505050545467981021151432584398463256440558307571
47505050505050515458779910612418131857516493639488064107950
00000050515458779910612418131857516493639488000
000000505354638810111113422037971024534022535500
1957 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37414141414141414545546372818994123194320134528793932
384141414141414245485766758491104147236662185632304129
000000414245485766758491104147236662185600
0000004144455160697886921131702781003236800
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Grade: MS 67 FBL
Points: 2960
Owner: Ferqua
 
Grade: MS 67 FBL
Points: 2960
Owner: Romonaga
 
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