1956 50C Type 1, DCAM PR68DCAM Certification #21033733, PCGS #96686

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1956, the Mint used two different reverses to strike Proof Half Dollars.  The main difference is visible in the small eagle on the reverse and relates to the number of feathers that are visible to the left of the perch on which the eagle sits.  Type I shows four, clear feathers to the left of the perch; Type 2 shows three feathers.  In 1956, the Type 1 reverse was used on both Proofs and circulation strikes, and the Type 2 reverse was used only on Proofs.  In subsequent years, all the way until the end of the Franklin design type in 1963, the two reverses were used intermittently, but the Type II is most commonly seen on Proofs.

Among the 1956 Half Dollar Proofs, the Type 1 is much less common than the Type 2.  The PCGS Population Report (as of February 2012) shows 885 Type 1s and 8,587 Type 2s.  This rough 1:10 ratio is slightly higher than Breen's guess-timate of 1:20 (5%), which was actually not too far from the mark.

Cameo Proofs are about five times as rare as the non-Cameos.  Deep Cameo Proofs are exceedingly rare.

PCGS #
96686
Designer
John R. Sinnock/John Frederick Lewis
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.50 grams
Mintage
669384
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
6
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 1 / 16 1 / 16
All Grades 50 R-8.5 1 / 16 1 / 16
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 1 / 16 1 / 16
65 or Better 50
All Grades 50
60 or Better 30
65 or Better R-8.5
All Grades R-8.5
60 or Better R-8.9
65 or Better 1 / 16
All Grades 1 / 16
60 or Better 1 / 16
65 or Better 1 / 16
All Grades 1 / 16
60 or Better 1 / 16

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68DCAM PCGS grade  
	PCGS #96686 (PR, Deep Cameo) 68

Heritage 1/2012:5971, $19,550 - Heritage 12/2019:3155, $19,200

1 PR68DCAM PCGS grade PR68DCAM PCGS grade
1 PR68DCAM PCGS grade
4 PR67DCAM PCGS grade
4 PR67DCAM estimated grade
 
	PCGS #96686 (PR, Deep Cameo) 68 
#1 PR68DCAM PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:5971, $19,550 - Heritage 12/2019:3155, $19,200

PR68DCAM PCGS grade #1 PR68DCAM PCGS grade
#1 PR68DCAM PCGS grade
#4 PR67DCAM PCGS grade
#4 PR67DCAM estimated grade