1950 50c PR

Mintage: 51,386

1950 50c PR CAM

Mintage: 51,386

1950 50c PR DCAM

Mintage: 51,386

1951 50c PR

Mintage: 57,500

1951 50c PR CAM

Mintage: 57,500

1951 50c PR DCAM

Mintage: 57,500

1952 50c PR

Mintage: 81,980

1952 50c PR CAM

Mintage: 81,980

1952 50c PR DCAM

Mintage: 81,980

1953 50c PR

Mintage: 128,800

1953 50c PR CAM

Mintage: 128,800

1953 50c PR DCAM

Mintage: 128,800

1954 50c PR

Mintage: 233,300

1954 50c PR CAM

Mintage: 233,300

1954 50c PR DCAM

Mintage: 233,300

1955 50c PR

Mintage: 378,200

1955 50c PR CAM

Mintage: 378,200

1955 50c PR DCAM

Mintage: 378,200

1957 50c PR

Mintage: 1,247,952

1957 50c PR CAM

Mintage: 1,247,952

1957 50c PR DCAM

Mintage: 1,247,952

1958 50c PR

Mintage: 875,652

1958 50c PR CAM

Mintage: 875,652

1958 50c PR DCAM

Mintage: 875,652

1959 50c PR

Mintage: 1,149,291

1959 50c PR CAM

Mintage: 1,149,291

1959 50c PR DCAM

Mintage: 1,149,291

1960 50c PR

Mintage: 1,691,602

1960 50c PR CAM

Mintage: 1,691,602

1960 50c PR DCAM

Mintage: 1,691,602

1961 50c PR

Mintage: 3,028,244

1961 50c PR CAM

Mintage: 3,028,244

1961 50c PR DCAM

Mintage: 3,028,244

1962 50c PR

Mintage: 3,218,019

1962 50c PR CAM

Mintage: 3,218,019

1962 50c PR DCAM

Mintage: 3,218,019

1963 50c PR

Mintage: 3,075,645

1963 50c PR CAM

Mintage: 3,075,645

1963 50c PR DCAM

Mintage: 3,075,645

Series Overview

Proof versions of the Franklin half dollar were made for most of the duration of the series, which spanned from 1948 through 1963. The first proof Franklin half dollar appeared during the third year of the series in 1950, when the United States Mint relaunched production of proof coinage after a wartime hiatus that began in 1943. Generally speaking proof Franklin half dollars are not rare, though the earlier issues were made in smaller numbers than those made during latter years and are therefore more challenging to locate and thus more expensive.

Proof Franklin half dollars minted in the early 1950s, when mintage figures were in the lower five digits, are significantly scarcer than those made a decade later, when proof mintages reached past the million mark. As a rule, deep-mirrored specimens with cameo effects are much rarer than proof Franklin half dollars without frosted devices. Thus, all cameo and deep cameo proof Franklin half dollars are worth much more than ?typical? proofs.