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U.S. Franklin Silver Half Dollar (1948-1963) // Mint State Condition // American Premier Coinage Series // Wood Presentation Box
The Franklin Half Dollar is a vintage American coin minted from 1948 to 1963. Today, they are seldom seen in circulation but are cherished by coin collectors and enthusiasts of American history alike. Offered here is a pleasant, mint-state example hand-selected by professional numismatists after screening thousands of coins for quality and eye-appeal. Each coin is housed in an airtight capsule and presented in a luxurious, plush-lined wood box with embossed metallic gold lettering, piano-black finish, and certificate of authenticity. The coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be genuine, dated between 1948 and 1963, and will match the exceptional mint-state quality of the one shown.
In 1947, U.S. Mint director Nellie Tayloe Ross, the first woman to hold that position, instructed Chief Engraver John R. Sinnock to prepare designs for a Franklin half dollar. She had always deeply admired Franklin, who himself was known to oppose portraits on coins, like many of the Founding Fathers. Sinnock based his designs on a Franklin medal he had created previously but died before he could fully adapt these designs to the new half dollar, which required completion by Sinnock’s successor, Gilroy Roberts. The obverse features a right facing bust of Franklin, while the reverse shows a large rendition of the Liberty Bell and a smaller depiction of an eagle. The eagle was included to satisfy an old law requiring it to appear on all United States silver coins. The Franklin half dollar was released to the public at noon on April 30th, 1948, the anniversary of George Washington’s 1789 presidential inauguration. Production of the new half dollar continued for 15 years, until it was replaced abruptly by the Kennedy half dollar. This coin was swiftly introduced following the President’s assassination on November 22nd, 1963 and signed into law on December 30th of that year, marking the end of the Franklin half dollar series.
4.5"L x 4.5"W x 2"H
- OriginUnited States
— Type: Franklin Half Dollar (1955 - 1963)
— Designer: John R. Sinnock & Gilroy Roberts
— Weight: 12.5 grams
— Diameter: 30.6 mm
— Composition: 0.900 silver, 0.100 copper
— Net silver weight: 0.36169 oz pure silver
— Obverse Design: Bust of Benjamin Franklin, facing right
— Obverse Inscription: LIBERTY / IN GOD WE TRUST / DATE
— Reverse Design: Liberty Bell / Eagle with open wings
— Reverse Inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / E PLURIBUS UNUM / HALF DOLLAR
Please Note: The item(s) you receive will match the quality of the one shown, but may vary slightly due to the nature of original historical artifacts.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee any particular date and not every date in the Franklin half dollar series is necessarily available based upon our stock at the time of purchase.What is the condition of the coins? Are they circulated?
This is a mint state or uncirculated coin.
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