Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,024,000
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.23 (11/28/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1960 50C MS obverse 1960 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The obverse of the Franklin Half Dollar received a makeover for 1960's production, and this is most evident in the restoration of Ben's fine hairlines. They had been worn off of the original master hub by 1952 and were thereafter absent on currency strikes through 1959.

The Philadelphia Mint's production was a replay of 1959, and huge numbers of these coins were preserved by speculators. The trading of uncirculated rolls had been popular since the 1930s, but it reached a peak during the years 1959-64. Though the striking quality of this issue is superior to that of the several preceding issues, gems are rare grading higher than MS-65. Most survivors were traded frequently in roll and even bag quantities in a market that valued quantity over quality.

Varieties are very few, aside from the proofs, but NGC does attribute one doubled-die obverse.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/13/2020

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1960 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 12.00 13.00 16.50 20.00 22.00 23.00 28.00 95.00 850 4500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 24.00 31.00 115 1550 - -
1960 50C MS FBL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 22.00 23.00 24.00 32.00 70.00 250 1300 28000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 38.00 80.00 515 4100 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5717
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 11/24/2020 1960 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----422-413-94345026751324282---4556
---------------25-----7
---------------86-----14
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Total-----422-413-94345026851335282---4577
 -----0%0%0%-0%0%-0%1%10%59%29%1%0%--- 
1960 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------109084820661---1161
----------------2-----2
---------------423----9
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Total-------------109085221091---1172
 -------------1%8%73%18%1%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1960 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base414545454545455050597281899810212737816443800466261457953
424545454545475053637584929911021180023634087515667488351
000000475053637584929911021180023634087515600
00000048505668788695101119294122230814375565100
1960 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base414545454545455050597289949813128877421433971529569208888
42454545454547505363789195109183450123027524412583775769332
00000047505363789195109183450123027524412583700
00000048505668839297120236612168733624854637800
1960 50C MS FLP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45505050505050545467819810210614331182630474143550771799199
475050505050515458728799103118199483156634124598606478529659
000000515458728799103118199483156634124598606400
0000005354637692101105131255654230737785052662200
1960 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37414141414141454554637281899411535115583639447459157674
384141414141424548576675849110119475322523917495465018058
000000424548576675849110119475322523917495400
0000004445516069788692108272115629454196543500
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1558
Owner: 23pairer1
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1558
Owner: Chris1978
 
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