Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 20,276,442
Catalog: KM-199
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.14 (9/25/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/28/2016

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1961 D 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 10.80 10.85 10.90 10.95 11.15 11.60 11.85 14.00 16.00 16.50 20.00 21.00 22.00 32.00 135 975 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 25.00 38.00 175 1275 - -
1961 D 50C MS Full Bell Lines
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 23.00 24.00 26.00 34.00 80.00 630 7000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 28.00 38.00 130 875 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3628
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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5/5/2004 PCGS MS 65   Full Bell Lines Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 7901 $575.00
10/5/2005 PCGS MS 64   Full Bell Lines Teletrade Auction 2101, 2101/Lot# 2166 $168.00
4/16/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 135, 140/Lot# 1619 $109.25
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1459 $86.25
10/21/2012 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/21/2012, 45/Lot# 78197 $21.99
5/6/2013 PCGS MS 64   Full Bell Lines Teletrade Auction 3429, 3429/Lot# 1903 $27.00
10/30/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4358 $1,997.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1961 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9242424242424282828282832325411547118522621360648416365
14242424242425282828282932397423393121082949401753490
00000025282828282932397423393121082949401700
000000262828282830324694352139123643277442900
1961 D 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9282828282828323232323237375912750719502747376650406609
15282828282829323232323337448125398822153086419055630
00000029323232323337448125398822153086419000
0000003032323232353751104380146924813426461500
1961 D 50C MS Full Bell Lines
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111112282832323745761192551239375150226586848610764
1111141728293233395590164583207641745543721992450
0000001728293233395590164583207641745543721900
00000022283032354265104209911291345986064785200
1961 D 50C MS Full Bell Lines, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111112323237374150851312781312391652266836878711123
11111418323337384461100180622218043525762748695650
00000018323337384461100180622218043525762748600
00000025323537394773115229967304847896299813600
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1852
Owner: Ferdinand Erdman
 
Grade: MS 65 FBL
Points: 1239
Owner: Endds
 
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