The 1953 Franklin Half dollars have value as both numismatic coins and as silver bullion. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1953 Half Dollar

Specifications

Type: Franklin Half Dollar
Year: 1953
Face Value: $0.50
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .36169 oz.
Total Weight: 12.5 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $5.99

The US minted the 1953 half dollar with no mint mark and also the 1953 D half dollar. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1953 Philadelphia 2,668,120
1953 D Denver 20,900,400
1953 S San Francisco 4,148,000

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $5.99 as of December 09, 2019. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $16.57 per ounce.

The 1953 half dollar with no mint mark is worth around $9 in very fine condition. In extremely fine condition the value is around $10. In uncirculated condition the value is around $14 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 can sell for around $110.

The 1953 D half dollar has similar values. This coin is worth around $9 in very fine condition and around $10 in extremely fine condition. In uncirculated condition the value is around $14 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 can sell for around $105.

The 1953 S half dollar is worth around $9 in very fine condition. In extremely fine condition the value is around $10. In uncirculated condition the value is around $25 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 65 can sell for around $55.

Proof coins with no mint mark are available and they are each valued at around $190 in PR 65 condition. There were 128,800 proof coins minted.

Grading System

Very fine- At least half of the Liberty Bell's lines at the top and bottom of the bell are visible.

Extremely fine- There are some wear spots on Franklin's hair at the back of his ears, and also near the top of his curls. The Liberty Bell has wear at the top and on its lettering.

MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.

MS 65 gem uncirculated- There is strong luster and eye appeal. A few light contact marks may be present but they are barely noticeable.

PR 65 proof- There are no flaws to this coin. A few blemishes may be present.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1954 Half Dollar
1952 Half Dollar
1951 Half Dollar