1953-S 50C MS64 Certification #02183981, PCGS #6666

Owner's Comments

Rattler

Expert Comments

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.
PCGS #
6666
Designer
John R. Sinnock/John Frederick Lewis
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.50 grams
Mintage
4148000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
8759
Pop Lower
280
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 414800 R-1.6 6 / 35 TIE 6 / 35 TIE
All Grades 28000 R-2.7 25 / 35 TIE 25 / 35 TIE
60 or Better 18000 R-2.8 34 / 35 TIE 34 / 35 TIE
65 or Better 414800
All Grades 28000
60 or Better 18000
65 or Better R-1.6
All Grades R-2.7
60 or Better R-2.8
65 or Better 6 / 35 TIE
All Grades 25 / 35 TIE
60 or Better 34 / 35 TIE
65 or Better 6 / 35 TIE
All Grades 25 / 35 TIE
60 or Better 34 / 35 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail 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
MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade