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Franklin Half Dollar Die Varieties (1948-1963)

Franklin Half Dollars were produced during a period in which the popularity of this denomination as a circulating coin was in decline. This fact, combined with the enormous production of Walking Liberty Halves 1941-45, led to relatively small mintages for most issues of Franklin Half Dollars, particularly those of the Philadelphia Mint. Were it not for the saving of uncirculated rolls of Franklin Half Dolars by speculators, a practice firmly established at the time, there would likely be a few scarce issues. As it is, Franklin Half Dollars are quite common, though a number of condition rarities have emerged. This is particularly true of pieces having sharply defined horizontal lines on the Liberty Bell.

There are a number of interesting Franklin Half Dollar die varieties for both the currency pieces and the proofs. The best of the Franklin varieties are included in VarietyPlus, and this encompasses most Cherrypicker varieties. Perhaps the most desired of these is the 1961 proof half dollar with doubled-die reverse, a mistake so obvious that it seems inexcusable on proof coins (though collectors aren't complaining about it). Tomaska's book includes a number of additional Franklin Half Dollar mintmark and die varieties that will be of interest to the specialist.

Access to the Franklin Half Dollar die and mintmark varieties pages you see below is part of NGC Collectors Society membership. These detailed pages contain population information as well as NGC database images for available Franklin half dollar mintmark and die varieties.

NGC also provides information on other half dollar varieties:

Early Half Dollar Varieties (1794-1807) | Early Half Dollar Varieties (1807-1821) | Early Half Dollar Varieties (1822-1828) | Early Half Dollar Varieties (1829-1836) | Reeded Edge Half Dollar Varieties (1836-1839) | Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891) | Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915) | Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947) | Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)

Denom.MS/PFDateFee*NGC LabelVarietyPlusCONECAFivaz-Stanton (NEW)Fivaz-Stanton (OLD)
50CMS1948 DDR$15FS-801 DDR-001  
50CMS1948 D/D$15VP-001 RPM-002  
50CMS1948 D DDR$15FS-801 DDR-001  
50CMS1949 S/S$15FS-501VP-001RPM-002 FS-011.3
50CMS1949 S/S$15VP-002 RPM-001  
50CMS1950 D/D$15FS-501 RPM-001  
50CMS1951 "BUGS "BUNNY"$15   FS-401 
50CMS1951 S/S$15FS-501 RPM-001  
50CMS1951 S DDR$15FS-801VP-001DDR-002 FS-011.5
50CMS1952 S/S/S$15FS-501 RPM-001  
50CMS1953 S/S$15FS-501 RPM-001  
50CMS1955 "BUGS BUNNY"$15   FS-401 
50CMS1957 D/D$15FS-501 RPM-001  
50CMS1959 DDR$15FS-801 DDR-001  
50CMS1961 D/D$15VP-001 RPM-001  
50CPF1950 QDO$15FS-101 DDO-001  
50CPF1951 DDR$15FS-801 DDR-010  
50CPF1954 DDO$15FS-101    
50CPF1955 DDO$15VP-001 DDO-004  
50CPF1956 TYPE 1-     
50CPF1956 TYPE 1 DDR$15VP-001 DDR-012  
50CPF1956 TYPE 2-     
50CPF1956 TYPE 2 DDO$15FS-101 DDO-003  
50CPF1956 TYPE 2 DDO$15VP-002 DDO-001  
50CPF1956 TYPE 2 DDR$15FS-801 DDR-001  
50CPF1956 TYPE 2 DDR$15FS-802 DDR-002  
50CPF1956 TYPE 2 DDR$15VP-003 DDR-003  
50CPF1957 TDR$15FS-801 DDR-004  
50CPF1960 DDO$15FS-101VP-001DDO-003 FS-012
50CPF1961 DDO$15VP-002 DDO-016  
50CPF1961 DOUBLED DIE REV- VP-001DDR-003FS-801FS-013
50CPF1961 DDR$15FS-802 DDR-001  
50CPF1961 DDR$15FS-803 DDR-004  
50CPF1962 DDO$15FS-101 DDO-002  

* In order to have the above varieties requiring the $15 fee designated by NGC, VarietyPlus service must be requested at time of grading. VarietyPlus service is also available for coins already encapsulated by NGC. For coins where the fee column is blank, no VarietyPlus charge is required to have your coin designated during grading. For coins marked $15, a $15 surcharge applies to the tier fee during grading, or a $15 fee applies to have the VarietyPlus designation added to any coin already graded and encapsulated by NGC.
Fivaz, Bill & J.T. Stanton, Ken Potter, Editor. The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties, 5th Edition, Volume 2. Whitman Publishing, Atlanta, 2012
Flynn, Kevin. The Authoritative Reference on Franklin Half Dollars. Kyle Vick, Roswell, GA, 2012
Tomaska, Rick. The Complete Guide to Franklin Half Dollars, 2nd Edition. DLRC Press, Virginia Beach, VA, 2002