Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 13,053,750
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $10.23 (5/18/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1959 D 50C MS obverse 1959 D 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Like so many of the later coins in the Franklin series, 1959-D is extremely common in Mint State from old hoards of rolls and bags, while simultaneously being quite scarce above the grade MS-65. Decades passed before collectors became conscious of quality in these coins, and most MS examples seen today were traded by the bag from one party to another, becoming heavily marked in the process. As is true of all Franklins 1959-63, they lack the often quite attractive toning that resulted from the U. S. Mint's use of cardboard holders for its Uncirculated Sets of 1947-58. This is another factor which has limited the number of high grades assigned.

Despite a high mintage that would have required many dies, no varieties have surfaced for 1959-D halves.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 5/18/2021

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1959 D 50C MS
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Base $ 11.25 11.25 11.25 11.50 11.75 12.00 12.00 12.25 13.25 17.50 20.00 22.00 23.00 29.00 85.00 685 - - - -
$ 11.75 12.00 12.00 12.75 13.75 - - - 24.00 33.00 120 - - -
1959 D 50C MS FBL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 22.00 23.00 25.00 32.00 55.00 115 765 12000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 27.00 35.00 65.00 190 1690 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6413
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: 5/18/2021 1959 D 50C MS
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Base----1-4--722252918817441002181---3023
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----------------83----11
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Total----1-4--722252918817441010211---3034
 ----0%-0%--0%1%0%0%1%6%57%33%1%0%--- 
1959 D 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-151782214927577---3390
----------------3-----3
---------------21013----25
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Total----------1-151782216940707---3418
 ----------0%-0%0%5%65%28%2%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1959 D 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base414545454545455054597281899810212734814552665366149096449
424545454545475156637584929911020171718582997407754226771
000000475156637584929911020171718582997407700
00000048535768788695101119274108622623329449300
1959 D 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base414545454545455054596789949813122048916095264557769988982
4245454545454751566274919510916131086228275368605176599431
0000004751566274919510916131086228275368605100
00000048535764829297120190399123640465473652400
1959 D 50C MS FLP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45505050505050545967769810210614324152416975476579872599295
47505050505051566270839910311817633591529575583628579389760
00000051566270839910311817633591529575583628500
0000005357647391101105131208430130642165691677200
1959 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37414141414141455054637281899411932013752543350447146210
384141414141424751576675849110218667217642863390752136521
000000424751576675849110218667217642863390700
0000004448536069788692111253102321543184431100
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Grade: MS 67 FBL
Points: 5264
Owner: Ferdinand Erdman
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1764
Owner: Simple Collector
 
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