Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 20,276,442
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.54 (9/30/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1961 D 50C MS obverse 1961 D 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Due to a change in packaging for the annual mint sets, Franklin halves struck post-1959 are much harder to find with desirable toning. Grades above MS65 are also quite rare, as many are not well struck or have numerous bag marks.

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Last Updated: 8/14/2020

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1961 D 50C MS
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Base $ 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 11.50 12.50 16.00 20.00 21.00 22.00 32.00 135 985 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 25.00 38.00 185 1300 - -
1961 D 50C MS FBL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 23.00 24.00 26.00 34.00 85.00 865 5950 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 28.00 38.00 135 875 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4618
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: 9/29/2020 1961 D 50C MS
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Base----5743-620-13703932340919191---3800
---------------2------2
---------------53-----8
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Total----5743-620-13703932347922191---3810
 ----0%0%0%0%-0%1%-0%2%10%62%24%0%0%--- 
1961 D 50C MS FBL
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Base------------135360314414----818
---------------1------1
---------------122----5
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Total------------135360514616----824
 ------------0%0%6%73%18%2%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1961 D 50C MS PL
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Base41454545454545505059727689949814350719502747376650406609
424545454545475053637380919511326498822163087419155630
000000475053637380919511326498822163087419100
0000004850566875859297128386146924813426461500
1961 D 50C MS FBL
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Base414545454545455050597294981061393201321443150226586848610764
424545454545475053637995101117199654235846285543721992450
000000475053637995101117199654235846285543721900
000000485056688797103128260987339448256065785300
1961 D 50C MS FLP
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Base45505050505050545467811021061191513451398461752266836878711123
4750505050505154587288103110130216696247148205763748695660
0000005154587288103110130216696247148205763748600
00000053546376951051151402801047354450236299813700
1961 D 50C MS
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Base37414141414141454554636781858913146316922621360648416365
384141414141424548576472828610324287320022949401853490
000000424548576472828610324287320022949401800
0000004445516066768488117352128223113278442900
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Grade: MS 66 FBL
Points: 4431
Owner: Larz13
 
Grade: MS 65 FBL
Points: 2358
Owner: Ferdinand Erdman
 
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