Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 22,164,000
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.01 (7/27/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1963 50C MS obverse 1963 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In 1963 the growing shortage of coins in circulation, something known to banks and businesses for the past couple of years, finally became a topic of news coverage. Not surprisingly, the Philadelphia Mint more than doubled its production of half dollars over that of 1962. Today, when halves are collector-only coins, it's hard to imagine that they circulated widely as recently as the 1960s.

Typical of P-Mint Franklins, most pieces are a bit poorly struck, often from quite worn dies. While gems are plentiful, with even a fair number of MS-66 coins, certified FBL gem examples are in chronically short supply.

Varieties of the 1963(P) half dollar are found mostly within the proof strikings, though FS-801 is a desirable doubled-die reverse known for currency pieces. Also available is an entry in the "Bugs Bunny" family of obverse die clashes, but the resulting effect for this issue is pretty subtle.

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Last Updated: 7/28/2021

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1963 50C MS
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Base $ 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.25 10.50 10.75 10.75 11.00 12.00 17.00 19.00 20.00 22.00 28.00 50.00 475 3125 - - -
$ 10.50 10.75 10.75 11.50 12.50 - - - - 32.00 75.00 1450 - -
1963 50C MS FBL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 20.00 22.00 25.00 35.00 375 1750 25500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 28.00 60.00 550 3100 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 16000
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 7/27/2021 1963 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------351031612281841348858852871105---15662
---------------6911---17
---------------71910----36
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Total------351031612281841348860153151216---15715
 ------0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%9%55%34%1%0%--- 
1963 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1530247496----338
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---------------2-1----3
----------------1-----1
Total------------1530249507----342
 ------------0%1%9%73%15%2%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1963 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41454545454545505059727685949813122016003205360143215726
424545454545475053637379889510916168021353337384147896012
000000475053637379889510916168021353337384100
0000004850566875829197120190114026703469408100
1963 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41454545454545505059728189102143949230274879050106661335016504
424545454545475053637584931164121400403080089589115611440117329
0000004750536375849311641214004030800895891156100
00000048505668788698129680185157598529101271245500
1963 50C MS FLP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base455050505050505454678189981151591100241789059365110221377016995
4750505050505154587284921041304731539458090589917119381484517845
00000051545872849210413047315394580905899171193800
000000535463768695109144786197867429212104701285400
1963 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37414141414141454554636781858911520112393068344741435507
38414141414142454857647282869814454718493194367945985782
00000042454857647282869814454718493194367900
000000444551606676848810617289324583321391100
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Grade: MS 65 FBL
Points: 5759
Owner: physics-fan3.14
 
Grade: MS 65 FBL
Points: 2302
Owner: bigpep1
 
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