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: $6.18 (10/17/2017)
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: 12/7/2016

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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 32.00 135 985 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 25.00 38.00 185 1300 - -
1961 D 50C MS Full Bell Lines
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 23.00 24.00 26.00 34.00 85.00 640 7000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 28.00 38.00 135 875 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3735
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/29/2001 PCGS MS 64   Full Bell Lines Teletrade Auction 1477, 1477/Lot# 1780 $39.24
7/5/2006 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2006 July Dallas, TX Coin Signature Auction #407, 407/Lot# 2615 $488.75
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 64   Full Bell Lines Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 1024 $149.50
7/22/2010 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 499, 505/Lot# 7385 $17.00
1/27/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/27/2013, 59/Lot# 97755 $20.00
11/24/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131349/Lot# 20488 $76.00
10/10/2014 NGC MS 65   Full Bell Lines Stack's Bowers iAuction 3503, 6057/Lot# 20309 $376.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1961 50C MS D Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41454545454545505059727689949814350719502747376650406609
424545454545475053637380919511326498822163087419155630
000000475053637380919511326498822163087419100
0000004850566875859297128386146924813426461500
1961 50C MS D Full Bell Lines
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base414545454545455050597294981061393201321443150226586848610764
424545454545475053637995101117199654235846285543721992450
000000475053637995101117199654235846285543721900
000000485056688797103128260987339448256065785300
1961 50C MS D Full Bell Lines, Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45505050505050545467811021061191513451398461752266836878711123
4750505050505154587288103110130216696247148205763748695660
0000005154587288103110130216696247148205763748600
00000053546376951051151402801047354450236299813700
1961 50C MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37414141414141454554636781858913146316922621360648416365
384141414141424548576472828610324287320022949401853490
000000424548576472828610324287320022949401800
0000004445516066768488117352128223113278442900
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Grade: MS 66 FBL
Points: 4431
Owner: Larz13
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1692
Owner: Ferdinand Erdman
 
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