Franklin half dollars were minted from 1948-1963. These coins have value as both numismatic coins and silver bullion. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.

1952 Half Dollar

Franklin Half Dollar Reverse

Specifications

Type: Franklin Half Dollar
Year: 1948-1963
Face Value: $0.50
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .36169 oz.
Total Weight: 12.5 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $8.88

Series

Different series are available. Franklin half dollars were minted out of three different locations- Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. Half Dollars with no mint mark were minted out of Philadelphia. Half Dollars with the D mint mark were minted out of Denver. Lastly half dollars with the S mint mark were minted out of San Francisco. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin above the Liberty Bell's yoke.

Proof coins with no mint mark were minted during the years 1950-1963 and these coins will sell for more money.

Design

John R. Sinnock designed these coins. His initials JRS can be found below Franklin's shoulder.

The design on the obverse side of the coin features a portrait of Benjamin Franklin. The reverse side of the coin features the Liberty Bell and a small bald eagle.

Value

Any Franklin half dollar is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for each coin is $8.88 as of October 25, 2021. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $24.55 per ounce.

Franklin half dollars in circulated condition will sell for a premium above their melt value. Proof coins will sell for higher prices.

Ultimately, the value of a Franklin half dollar will depend on its series and its condition. See the list below to learn the value for any individual coin.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

Walking Liberty Half Dollars