Silver Franklin Half Dollar – Circulated
- Contains .3617 oz of Silver
- Designed by John R. Sinnock
- Minted from 1948 – 1963
- Obverse: Depicts a profile of Ben Franklin facing right. “LIBERTY” is above Franklin’s bust with the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” below. The date is to Franklin’s right
- Reverse: Depicts the Liberty Bell with the Legend above. Below is the denomination with “E Pluribus Unum” to the left of the bell. An eagle with its wings spread on is to the bell’s right
- ‘Rare’ coin since minting stopped with the assassination of JFK and the creation of Kennedy half dollar
The Franklin half dollar is a coin that was minted by the United States from 1948 to 1963. This coin represents the first time that a non-president was depicted on a circulating U.S. coin. Benjamin Franklin contributed highly to the fortunes of the American colonies and the birth of the nation. 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 an etched edge, the coin was struck at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco mints. A bill rushed through Congress after the assassination of John F. Kennedy caused the Franklin half to be replaced by the current Kennedy half dollar in February 1964, nine years before the design would otherwise have been eligible for a change. At the end of April 2016 the metal value of the $0.50 coin was approximately $6.48, an increase of approximately 1300%.