Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,028,244
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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1961 50C PF obverse 1961 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The hoopla over the 1960 Small Date proof cents created many thousands of new collectors that year, most of whom were just looking to get rich quick. The upshot was a near doubling of proof set sales in 1961.

This large mintage resulted in a much higher than usual number of gems, Cameos and Ultra Cameos. Doing the math reveals that the percentages are not very different from the preceding years, but the sheer number of proofs has made top-flight coins available to all.

Far and away the standout variety for 1961 half dollars is the simply amazing doubled-die reverse, FS-801. It is so obvious that one is left wondering how it ever could have passed inspection during the packaging process. This suggests the degree of urgency in filling so many proof set orders which undoubtedly led to some short cuts in quality control. This date is rich in other DDO and DDR varieties, several of which are desirable enough that they would have been more remarkable were it not for the big one.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/20/2019

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1961 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 18.00 19.00 20.00 22.00 23.00 32.00 36.00 58.00 115 750 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 25.00 34.00 40.00 65.00 -
1961 50C PF CA
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 22.00 25.00 28.00 40.00 65.00 130 520 1800 -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 45.00 70.00 140 -
1961 50C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 24.00 40.00 60.00 120 180 425 2200 43500 -
$ - - - - - - - 27.00 - 75.00 160 235 - 6000

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 34260
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 66
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: 11/24/2020 1961 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------36525519940614034469187775144412-30800
----------------207845922228-807
------------------11--2
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Total---------36525519940614234547192375367440-31609
 ---------0%0%0%0%0%0%1%5%14%61%17%1%- 
1961 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------33437124646158370738-3145
-----------------11804713-151
------------------43--7
------------------11--2
Total------------33437124657166875851-3305
 ------------0%0%0%1%4%20%50%23%2%- 
1961 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------913401459414-315
------------------14--5
------------------54--9
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Total---------------9134015110214-329
 ---------------3%4%12%46%31%4%- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1961 50C PF CA
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Base3333333333335089102115163255450116623352614
33333333333196393106131194320689155624282745
00000033333196393106131194320689155600
00000033333347698111147224385927194500
1961 50C PF UC
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Base333333333337276981632374506421186255580588748
33333333332673831201883085148231642438982889185
00000033332673831201883085148231642438900
000000333349759114121237957810052099622400
1961 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333203759727681899413114723040912001369
333333392644637378849110613617529067312561437
000000392644637378849110613617529067300
0000003143152687579869211914220234993600
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Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 8058
Owner: fuzzbunker
 
Grade: PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 8058
Owner: R_J_R
 
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