Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,290,000
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.93 (10/22/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1961 50C MS obverse 1961 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint coined about 30% more halves than in 1960, as the first rumblings of a coin shortage were heard. This would not become a crisis until two years later, just as the Franklin series was concluding.

The 1961(P) half dollar is a challenging coin to locate in grades higher than MS-65. Most pieces in the marketplace were traded by speculators in bag quantities for many years before certification created a market for gem singles. Fully struck pieces are also elusive, with only a small proportion of certified FBL coins.

Varieties are confined to the proof strikings.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 9/4/2020

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1961 50C MS
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Base $ 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.75 12.00 16.00 20.00 21.00 22.00 33.00 80.00 625 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 25.00 38.00 100.00 1150 - -
1961 50C MS FBL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 20.00 22.00 28.00 55.00 180 1250 10000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 24.00 32.00 70.00 250 1580 18500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6378
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: 10/20/2020 1961 50C MS
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Base----11147834155756835671780465---6085
-----------------1----1
---------------1615-----31
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Total----11147834155756835831795475---6117
 ----0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%1%9%59%29%1%0%--- 
1961 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------326209523----293
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---------------511----7
-----------------1----1
Total-------------326214535----301
 -------------1%9%71%18%2%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1961 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41454545454545505059727689949814733014232061289139465264
424545454545475053637380919511420869416362338324343850
000000475053637380919511420869416362338324300
0000004850566875859297131269105918482614359400
1961 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4145454545454550505972818911522059719695515649783791063613315
4245454545454750536375849815034610543151584271249131115290
000000475053637584981503461054315158427124913100
0000004850566878861061854711512433361707752988400
1961 50C MS FLP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4550505050505054546781899812324164220725734674586771099113734
47505050505051545872849210616237511193293607173899448119050
0000005154587284921061623751119329360717389944800
00000053546376869511520250815954513640880331022000
1961 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37414141414141454554636781858913530413031959275937805058
384141414141424548576472828610419163715222226309942060
000000424548576472828610419163715222226309900
000000444551606676848812024897017402492344000
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Grade: MS 65 FBL
Points: 1969
Owner: Ferdinand Erdman
 
Grade: MS 65 FBL
Points: 1969
Owner: johnpill23
 
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