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 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 plush-lined box with a display easel, magnetic lid, and certificate of authenticity. The coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be genuine, dated between 1948 and 1963, and will match the quality of the one shown. If you are interested in building a collection, consider adding other great selections from the Icons of American Coinage Series to compliment your purchase.
HISTORY OF THE FRANKLIN HALF DOLLAR:
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 a 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 his successor, Gilroy Roberts. The obverse features a 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 U.S. silver coins.
The Franklin half a dollar was released to the public at noon on April 30th, 1948, the
anniversary of George Washington's 1789 presidential inauguration. Production continued for 15 years until it was replaced abruptly by the Kennedy a half dollar. This coin was swiftly introduced following the President's assassination on November 22nd, 1963 and signed into law on December goth of that year, marking the early end of the Franklin half dollar series.
- Type: Franklin Half Dollar (1948 - 1963)
- Designer: John R. Sinnock
- Weight: 12.5 grams
- Diameter: 30.0 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
- 3 x 3 x 1