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1953-S 50C, FBL (Regular Strike)

Series: Franklin Half Dollars 1948-1963

PCGS MS65+FBL

PCGS MS65+FBL

PCGS MS65+FBL

PCGS MS65+FBL

PCGS MS65FBL

PCGS MS65FBL

PCGS #:
86666
Designer:
John R. Sinnock/John Frederick Lewis
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
4,148,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 200 R-7.0 1 / 35 1 / 35
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 1 / 35 1 / 35
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 1 / 35 1 / 35
Survival Estimate
All Grades 200
60 or Better 200
65 or Better 100
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.0
60 or Better R-7.0
65 or Better R-8.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 1 / 35
60 or Better 1 / 35
65 or Better 1 / 35
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 1 / 35
60 or Better 1 / 35
65 or Better 1 / 35

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66FBL PCGS grade
1 MS66FBL PCGS grade
3 MS65+FBL PCGS grade
4 MS65FBL PCGS grade
4 MS65FBL PCGS grade
4 MS65FBL PCGS grade
4 MS65FBL PCGS grade
4 MS65FBL PCGS grade
4 MS65FBL PCGS grade
4 MS65FBL PCGS grade
#1 MS66FBL PCGS grade
#1 MS66FBL PCGS grade
#3 MS65+FBL PCGS grade
#4 MS65FBL PCGS grade
#4 MS65FBL PCGS grade
#4 MS65FBL PCGS grade
#4 MS65FBL PCGS grade
#4 MS65FBL PCGS grade
#4 MS65FBL PCGS grade
#4 MS65FBL PCGS grade
Jaime Hernandez:

The 1953-S Franklin Half Dollar with Full Bell Line characteristics is the key coin to the entire circulation strike Franklin Half Dollar series.

With a mintage of over 4 million coins, less than 50 examples are known with Full Bell Lines details for the 1953-S Franklin Half Dollar. The few examples that do display Full Bell Lines were probably struck very early at the Mint. This would explain why most 1953-S Franklin Half Dollars with Full Bell Lines characteristics are mostly encountered in MS65 condition or higher.

For some reason, in 1953 the San Francisco Mint struck nickels and half dollars with faint details. Mostly all 1953-S nickels and half dollars display very weak details on the highest points of the design on the reverse of the coin.

The highest grade for this date and mint mark with Full Bell Lines characteristics is a single coin graded MS 66. Even in low mint state grades, a 1953-S is very scarce and usually commands thousands of dollars in any Uncirculated grade, if it shows complete Full Bell Lines details.