1953-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Franklin Half Dollars 1948-1963

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
6666
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 414,800 R-1.6 6 / 35 TIE 6 / 35 TIE
60 or Better 28,000 R-2.7 25 / 35 TIE 25 / 35 TIE
65 or Better 18,000 R-2.8 34 / 35 TIE 34 / 35 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 414,800
60 or Better 28,000
65 or Better 18,000
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-1.6
60 or Better R-2.7
65 or Better R-2.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 6 / 35 TIE
60 or Better 25 / 35 TIE
65 or Better 34 / 35 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 6 / 35 TIE
60 or Better 25 / 35 TIE
65 or Better 34 / 35 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
Jaime Hernandez: 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.