Coin Specifications

Category: Franklin Half Dollars (1948-1963)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 67,069,292
Obverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Reverse Designer: John R. Sinnock
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $10.02 (5/11/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1963 D 50C MS obverse 1963 D 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

A new all-time record for half dollar production was set at the Denver Mint in 1963, one that would be blasted away the following year but with an entirely new coin type. The 1963-D halves were massively hoarded, both for their status as last-year-of-issue and for the general speculative frenzy around uncirculated rolls and bags of recent coins that so dominated the coin hobby at the time.

The sheer number of coins struck has made gems readily available at the MS-65 level, while those graded higher are a bit more common for other Franklins of the 1960s. Most 1963-D halves are found well struck, so certified FBL examples may be obtained by the more determined collectors.

This generous mintage resulted in a single DDR variety, plus several DDOs, all of them minor. There are a handful of RPM varieties, too, but these are minor and challenging to distinguish from one another.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/11/2021

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1963 D 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 11.00 11.00 11.00 11.25 11.50 11.75 11.75 12.00 13.00 15.50 18.00 20.00 22.00 28.00 45.00 625 - - - -
$ 11.50 11.75 11.75 12.50 13.50 - - - 24.00 32.00 65.00 1550 - -
1963 D 50C MS FBL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 20.00 22.00 24.00 32.00 45.00 190 1000 15500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 26.00 37.00 65.00 350 5900 22000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 13182
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: 5/11/2021 1963 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----7123022143710113118512356004296083----10722
--------------135-----9
---------------213-----15
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Total----7123022143710113118512366009297883----10746
 ----0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%2%12%56%28%1%---- 
1963 D 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-3172581664480334---2460
---------------12-----3
---------------2452---13
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Total----------1-3172581667486386---2476
 ----------0%-0%1%10%67%20%2%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1963 D 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41454545454545505059727689949812722013121509217530374130
424545454545475053637380919510815858413781731246234014337
000000475053637380919510815858413781731246200
000000485056687585929711718994814431953275000
1963 D 50C MS FBL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base414545454545455050597281899813118367421243094420155797266
42454545454547505363758492109148347115724473463466061417629
00000047505363758492109148347115724473463466000
00000048505668788695120166510164127713832512000
1963 D 50C MS FLP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4550505050505054546781899810614320172123313237438058007534
475050505050515458728492101118162374125826333618485363787911
000000515458728492101118162374125826333618485300
000000535463768695103131182548179429353999532700
1963 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37414141414141454554636781858911520112391428206929013959
38414141414142454857647282869814454713021642234632544157
00000042454857647282869814454713021642234600
000000444551606676848810617289313651855262400
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Grade: MS 67 FBL
Points: 3094
Owner: Ferqua
 
Grade: MS 67 FBL
Points: 3094
Owner: robertgr
 
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