The 2006 Benjamin Franklin silver dollars have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver commemorative coins.

Coin Information

These coins were minted in order to commemorate the tercentenary (300th anniversary) of the birth of Benjamin Franklin. The US minted the 2006 Benjamin Franklin silver dollars with two different designs- the Founding Father design and the Scientist design.

Specifications

Type: Commemorative Silver Dollar
Year: 2006
Face Value: $1.00
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .77344 oz.
Total Weight: 26.73 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $16.47

The US minted the 2006 P Benjamin Franklin Founding Father silver dollar, 2006 P proof Benjamin Franklin Founding Father silver dollar, 2006 P Benjamin Franklin Scientist silver dollar, and the 2006 P proof Benjamin Franklin Scientist silver dollar.

Each coin was minted out of Philadelphia. On each coin the mint mark can be found on the obverse side of the coin below the "IN GOD WE TRUST" motto.

Series Location Distribution
2006 P Founding Father Philadelphia 58,000
2006 P Proof Founding Father Philadelphia 142,000
2006 P Scientist Philadelphia 58,000
2006 P Proof Scientist Philadelphia 142,000

Designs

As mentioned there are two different design varieties. The designs show two different aspects of Benjamin Franklin's life. One design features Franklin as a founding father, and the other design features Franklin as a scientist.

Each design has a similar mintage and no one design is more valuable than the other.

Founding Father

2006 Benjamin Franklin Founding Father Silver Dollar

2006 Benjamin Franklin Founding Father Silver Dollar Reverse

The obverse side of the coin features a portrait of Benjamin Franklin. On the reverse side of the coin the design features a depiction of the 1776 Continental Currency dollar coin which Franklin designed.

Scientist

2006 Benjamin Franklin Scientist Silver Dollar

2006 Benjamin Franklin Scientist Silver Dollar Reverse

The obverse side of the coin features Benjamin Franklin testing out his kite and key experiment. This experiment led to Franklin's invention of the lightening rod. On the reverse side of the coin the design features Franklin's 1754 cartoon called 'Join, or Die'. The cartoon features a snake separated into eighths with the initials of the American colonies or regions. This cartoon is believed to be the first ever political cartoon in American history.

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $16.47 as of June 27, 2022. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $21.30 per ounce.

The 2006 P Benjamin Franklin Founding Father silver dollar is worth around $32 in mint packaging.

The 2006 P proof Benjamin Franklin Founding Father silver dollar is worth around $34 in mint packaging.

The 2006 P Benjamin Franklin Scientist silver dollar is worth around $30 in mint packaging.

The 2006 P proof Benjamin Franklin Scientist silver dollar is worth around $33 in mint packaging.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

2006 San Francisco Old Mint Silver Dollar