Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,200,000
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.00 (7/27/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1959 50C MS obverse 1959 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though this issue is plentiful from uncirculated rolls and bags saved at the time, the 1959 Philadelphia Mint half dollar is surprisingly scarce in grades above MS-65. There are two possible reasons for this high grade rarity. Always considered a common issue, 1959(P) was not widely sought as single coins for many decades after being made, and frequent trading by the $50 face value bag led to the coins suffering frequent contact with one another. In addition, the U. S. Mint abandoned its cardboard Uncirculated Set holders that often imparted attractive toning to earlier dates in this series. The 1959 and later sets have instead been housed within plastic and thus never attained pleasing coloration that can boost their grades a point or two.

Like the 1958(P) halves, this issue may be found coined with a reverse die used previously to strike proofs. These are distinguished by the sharp eagle figure, and examples form a minority of the 1959(P) circulating edition. One reverse die was hubbed from both the proof and currency hubs. This resulted in the eagle showing the sharp figure overlapping the weak, and it is a highly prized variety (FS-801).

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 7/28/2021

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1959 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.25 10.50 10.75 10.75 11.00 12.00 18.00 20.00 22.00 23.00 28.00 75.00 490 3500 - - -
$ 10.50 10.75 10.75 11.50 12.50 - - - 24.00 32.00 120 850 - -
1959 50C MS FBL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 22.00 23.00 24.00 37.00 70.00 185 1620 11000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 25.00 40.00 80.00 340 5950 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7603
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing F series, 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: 7/27/2021 1959 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---1-2313636-551632327817965741--5876
--------------1541----11
---------------263----11
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Total---1-2313636-551633328518066141--5898
 ---0%-0%0%0%0%0%1%-0%1%11%56%31%1%0%0%-- 
1959 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------112711173401532---1713
--------------1-------1
---------------288----18
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Total------------112721175409612---1732
 ------------0%1%4%68%24%4%0%--- 
1959 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------293-----14
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Total--------------293-----14
 --------------14%64%21%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1959 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base323737373741414141455081899810212731112063386566573719430
343737373841414142476084929911018860919334146623480579902
000000414142476084929911018860919334146623400
0000004141444871869510111925090826594905680200
1959 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base414545454545455050597289949815127258622125367596677369868
424545454545475053637891951161913771128326455676556844710361
00000047505363789195116191377112832645567655600
00000048505668839297133232481167043155766714600
1959 50C MS FLP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base455050505050505454678198102106167295629232355826198801710204
4750505050505154587287991031262104061194340957876804874610714
000000515458728799103126210406119434095787680400
0000005354637692101105147252518175844965993741100
1959 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28323232323737373741457281899411528811243238544871079113
293232323437373738425475849110117356718293975600177769569
000000373738425475849110117356718293975600100
000000373740446378869210823084525334711655400
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 5448
Owner: Papatsfan
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3238
Owner: Ken Mercer
 
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