The Survival Estimate represents an average of one or more experts' opinions as to how many examples survive of a particular coin in three categories: 1) all grades, 2) 60 or better, and 3) 65 or better. These estimates are based on a variety of sources, including population reports, auction appearances, and personal knowledge. Survival estimates include coins that are raw, certified by PCGS, and certified by other grading services.
Numismatic Rarity converts the Survival Estimate for a particular coin into a number from 1 to 10 (with decimal increments) based on the PCGS Rarity Scale. The higher the number, the more rare the coin.
Relative Rarity By Type
Relative Rarity By Type ranks the rarity of this coin with all other coins of this Type. Lower numbers indicate rarer coins.
Relative Rarity By Series
Relative Rarity By Series ranks the rarity of this coin with all other coins of this Series. Lower numbers indicate rarer coins.
The 1953-S Franklin Half with Full Bell Lines details is the key coin to the entire circulation strike Franklin Half Dollar series.
For some reason, in 1953 the Mint struck nickels and half dollars with very weak details. Mostly all 1953-S nickels and half dollars display very weak details on the highest points of the design and on the reverse of the coin.
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’s with Full Bell Lines characteristics are mostly encountered in MS65 grades. The highest grade for this date and mint mark with Full Bell Lines details is a single coin in MS 66 grade.
Even in low mint state grades, a 1953-S displaying Full Bell Lines will command thousands of dollars.
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