1948 50c MS

Mintage: 3,006,814

1948-D 50c MS

Mintage: 4,028,600

1949 50c MS

Mintage: 5,614,000

1949-D 50c MS

Mintage: 4,120,600

1949-S 50c MS

Mintage: 3,744,000

1950 50c MS

Mintage: 7,742,123

1950-D 50c MS

Mintage: 8,031,600

1951 50c MS

Mintage: 16,802,102

1951-D 50c MS

Mintage: 9,475,200

1951-S 50c MS

Mintage: 13,696,000

1952 50c MS

Mintage: 21,192,093

1952-D 50c MS

Mintage: 25,395,600

1952-S 50c MS

Mintage: 5,526,000

1953 50c MS

Mintage: 2,668,120

1953-D 50c MS

Mintage: 20,900,400

1953-S 50c MS

Mintage: 4,148,000

1954 50c MS

Mintage: 13,188,202

1954-D 50c MS

Mintage: 25,445,580

1954-S 50c MS

Mintage: 4,993,400

1955 50c MS

Mintage: 2,498,181

1956 50c MS

Mintage: 4,032,000

1957 50c MS

Mintage: 5,114,000

1957-D 50c MS

Mintage: 19,966,850

1958 50c MS

Mintage: 4,042,000

1958-D 50c MS

Mintage: 23,962,412

1959 50c MS

Mintage: 6,200,000

1959-D 50c MS

Mintage: 13,053,750

1960 50c MS

Mintage: 6,024,000

1960-D 50c MS

Mintage: 18,215,812

1961 50c MS

Mintage: 8,290,000

1961-D 50c MS

Mintage: 20,276,442

1962 50c MS

Mintage: 9,714,000

1962-D 50c MS

Mintage: 35,473,281

1963 50c MS

Mintage: 22,164,000

1963-D 50c MS

Mintage: 67,069,292

Series Overview

Franklin half dollars were struck from 1948 through 1963 and are one of the shorter-lived series of the 20th century. Designed by John R. Sinnock, the half dollar bearing one of America?s most famous and beloved Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, is no doubt a popular coin. However, collecting the entire series by date and mintmark is an affordable objective, due mainly to the Franklin half dollar being a short-lived type with no truly rare regular issues.

The lowest-mintage circulation strikes are some of the Philadelphia issues, including those from 1948 (3,006,814), 1953 (2,796,820), and 1955 (2,876,381). Even in uncirculated condition, these relatively scarce pieces are available for a price. The real rarities in the Franklin half dollar series are those which show full horizontal lines across the depiction of the Liberty Bell on the coin?s reverse. These are known as Full Bell Lines, or FBL Franklin half dollars.

All FBL Franklin half dollars are scarce with certain dates unequivocally considered rare in the mid Mint State levels ? particularly MS65 or better. The most challenging of all FBL Franklin half dollars is the 1953-S, which is a five-figure coin MS64-65 range or higher.