Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,247,952
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.12 (7/27/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1957 50C PF obverse 1957 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The speculative frenzy surrounding proof sets reached its pinnacle this year, when well over one million sets were sold. Some persons actually accused the U. S. Mint of deliberately selling more sets than its usual capacity warranted, but the Mint believed that is was simply satisfying collectors by not returning unfulfilled orders, as it had in recent years. The very high figure actually had a chilling effect on such speculation, and the 1957 set was a drug on the market for some years afterward.

This added production seems to have come at the cost of lower overall quality. The percentage of 1957 proof half dollars displaying Cameo or Ultra Cameo contrast fell in 1957, though only the latter pieces are truly scarce.

The few DDO and DDR varieties known for this date are mostly quite minor, though FS-801 is dramatic enough to be popular with collectors.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/29/2020

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1957 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 18.00 19.00 21.00 23.00 27.00 36.00 45.00 80.00 145 685 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 30.00 40.00 50.00 85.00 175
1957 50C PF CA
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 23.00 27.00 40.00 80.00 145 185 535 3250 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 90.00 155 220 2500
1957 50C PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 33.00 55.00 165 400 660 850 2750 35000 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1550 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 30300
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 67
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/27/2021 1957 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------14112324222477930581551472751469-28411
---------------5116238430285-849
----------------1-52--8
------------------1---1
Total---------14112324222979131201590475791554-29269
 ---------0%0%0%0%0%0%1%3%11%54%26%5%- 
1957 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------23326728982546155-1734
-----------------15584813-134
----------------1-43--8
------------------13--4
Total-------------23326830488851568-1880
 -------------0%0%2%4%16%47%27%4%- 
1957 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------332553629-155
------------------232-7
-------------------2--2
-----------------------
Total---------------3325556711-164
 ---------------2%2%15%34%41%7%- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1957 50C PF CA
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Base33333333244167818594111163304489620118632163569
3333333103050728288100128210366533809186333343747
0000003103050728288100128210366533809186300
0000003173558768491105146257427576997253900
1957 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333328508110210613522053999013451542288584288849
333333311356088103116163326689110814111990473385689291
000000311356088103116163326689110814111990473300
000000320437195105125192433840122714762437658000
1957 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333332037637276859411114718328847713751568
3333333926466673798810012315921835177614391646
0000003926466673798810012315921835177600
000000314315469758291105135171253414107600
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Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 8568
Owner: R_J_R
 
Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 8428
Owner: NAA
 
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