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Benjamin Franklin Half Dollar History and Values

Updated on February 23, 2012

The Benjamin Franklin Half Dollar would be a great starter coin for anyone because you still have a chance to find this coin in circulation today. Another reason is because the values are not as high as most collector coins. In fact, the value of your Franklin Half Dollar depends on the current value of silver in the market. With saying that, this half dollar is made out of 90% silver and 10% copper. It is an American coin that has a face value of 50 cents. The Franklin Half Dollar was only produced from 1948 to 1963. Due to this fact, it is much easier to find a complete set with this series them other half dollar series that ran much longer.

The front of the coin has a portrait of Mr. Benjamin Franklin. The date is also seen on the obverse, nearly right center on the coin."IN GOD WE TRUST" is marked on the bottom of the half dollar. The reverse side of the half dollar has the famous symbol of America, the "Liberty Bell". "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" is seen on the top rim and "HALF DOLLAR" is seen on the bottom rim of the coin. Due to the death of President John F. Kennedy, the design of the coin was changed to a portrait of J.F.K.


As I said before, the value of this coin is based on the value of silver. The bottom base value of this coin is around $11.00. If you coin is in great shape or higher grade, the value increases. If you have a proof coin, the value is near $20-$50 depending on condition. I have seen some go for much more then that, but they were some of the highest graded half dollars seen. Now, the 1949-S is the exception. In high grade, this coin is worth nearly $60. Of course, that is in uncirculated condition. On average, for a good grade, your coin is valued near $15.00. Rare dates for this series include the 1948, 1949-S, 1953, and the 1955 Half Dollar.

You should always get a second opinion when buying or selling coins. If you go to a dealer, then expect to pay a low end value price. Many coins are more stable on prices then the Franklin Half Dollar. It still would be a great coin to begin a collection with. The proofs of this series is more desirable. If you have any questions regarding your half dollars or any other American coins or currency, feel free to leave me a comment. I thank you very much for reading this article. Please feel free to come back to our page as we continue to add more coins, currency, and tips about coin collecting. Have a great day.


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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Gypsy, thanks again for coming by to read my article. I appreciate your feedback. Take care.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Now I knew about these half dollars but not the values. Thanks for the information. The video was a great idea.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Kashmir, thank you for your time and comment. Thanks for the vote! Be good.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 6 years ago from West Virginia

      Blog8withJ, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate you comment sincerely.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for all this great and interesting information a lot of it i did not know .

      Vote up !!!

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      blog8withJ 6 years ago

      That's for sure is a part of the history!