1953 S Franklin Half Dollar

Rare coin for sale: 1953 S Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS-65

1953 S Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS-65

Price: $325.00

Product Description:

The Franklin half dollar is a coin that was struck by the United States Mint (“Mint”) from 1948 to 1963. The fifty-cent piece pictures Founding Father Benjamin Franklin on the obverse and the Liberty Bell on the reverse. A small eagle was placed to the right of the bell to fulfill the legal requirement that half dollars depict the figure of an eagle. Produced in 90 percent silver with a reeded edge, the coin was struck at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco mints. Mint director Nellie Tayloe Ross had long admired Franklin, and wanted him to be depicted on a coin. In 1947, she instructed the Mint’s chief engraver, John R. Sinnock, to prepare designs for a Franklin half dollar. Sinnock’s designs were based on his earlier work, but he died before their completion. The designs were completed by Sinnock’s successor, Gilroy Roberts. The Mint submitted the new designs to the Commission of Fine Arts (“Commission”) for its advisory opinion. The Commission disliked the small eagle and felt that depicting the crack in the Liberty Bell would expose the coinage to jokes and ridicule. Despite the Commission’s disapproval, the Mint proceeded with Sinnock’s designs. After the coins were released in April 1948, the Mint received accusations that Sinnock’s initials “JRS” on the cutoff at Franklin’s shoulder were a tribute to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. No change was made, with the Mint responding that the letters were simply the artist’s initials. The coin was struck regularly until 1963; beginning in 1964 it was replaced by the Kennedy half dollar, issued in honor of the assassinated President, John F. Kennedy. Though the coin is still legal tender, its face value is greatly exceeded by its value to collectors or as silver.

• Rare 1953-S Half Dollar
• Due to years of weak strikes at the San Francisco Mint, this coin stands out
• Historic coin, great for gift-giving and collecting
• Ben Franklin is featured in profile on the obverse; the Liberty Bell on the reverse
• Uncommon quality in a common coin



1953 S Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS-65

1915 S Silver Commems Panama-Pacific Half Dollar

Rare coin for sale: 1915 S Silver Commems (1892-1954) Panama-Pacific Half Dollar PCGS MS65

1915 S Silver Commems (1892-1954) Panama-Pacific Half Dollar PCGS MS65

Price: $1,640.00

Product Description:

1915-S Panama-Pacific 50c PCGS MS65 – Key Issue Mintage of 27,134 coins issued in San Francisco to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal. Designed by Charles E. Barber (obverse) and George T. Morgan (reverse) was the first commem to carry the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Silver Classic Commemorative.



1915 S Silver Commems (1892-1954) Panama-Pacific Half Dollar PCGS MS65