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1960D United States Franklin Silver Half Dollar

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General
Type: United States Franklin Silver Half Dollar 
Years: 1948 - 1963  Cat. Num.: KM# 199 
Country: United States  Period: Republic 
Currency: United States Dollar  Face value: 50 Cents 
System: Decimal  3 Cents = Trime
5 Cents = Nickel
10 Cents = Dime
25 Cents = Quarter
50 Cents = Half Dollar
100 Cents = 1 Dollar

Gold
2.50 Dollars = Quarter Eagle
4 Dollars = Stella
5 Dollars = Half Eagle
10 Dollars = Eagle
20 Dollars = Double Eagle 
Desgr/Engr: John R. Sinnock 
Obverse: Benjamin Franklin bust right 
Legend: LIBERTY IN GOD WE TRUST 
Reverse: The Liberty Bell 
Legend: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA E PLURIBUS UNUM HALF DOLLAR 
Edge: Reeded 
Issue
Year:
1960D
Mint: Denver 
Mintage: 18,215,812 
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Valuation:
 
Notes:  
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Specifications
Alignment:
Coin 
 
Composition: Silver 
Fineness: 0.9000 
Weight(g): 12.5000g 
Weight(Oz): 0.40 Oz 
Net Content: 0.36 Oz (11.25g) 
Bullion Value: $6.47 
Diameter: 30.60mm 
Thickness:  
Description

The Franklin half dollar is a coin that was struck by the United States Mint ("Mint") from 1948 to 1963. The fifty-cent piece pictures Founding Father Benjamin Franklin on the obverse and the Liberty Bell on the reverse. A small eagle was placed to the right of the bell to fulfill the legal requirement that half dollars depict the figure of an eagle. Produced in 90 percent silver with a reeded edge, the coin was struck at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco mints.

Mint director Nellie Tayloe Ross had long admired Franklin, and wanted him to be depicted on a coin. In 1947, she instructed the Mint's chief engraver, John R. Sinnock, to prepare designs for a Franklin half dollar. Sinnock's designs were based on his earlier work, but he died before their completion. The designs were completed by Sinnock's successor, Gilroy Roberts. The Mint submitted the new designs to the Commission of Fine Arts ("Commission") for its advisory opinion. The Commission disliked the small eagle and felt that depicting the crack in the Liberty Bell would expose the coinage to jokes and ridicule. Despite the Commission's disapproval, the Mint proceeded with Sinnock's designs.

After the coins were released in April 1948, the Mint received accusations that Sinnock's initials "JRS" on the cutoff at Franklin's shoulder were a tribute to Communist dictator Joseph Stalin. No change was made, with the Mint responding that the letters were simply the artist's initials. The coin was struck regularly until 1963; beginning in 1964 it was replaced by the Kennedy half dollar, issued in honor of the assassinated President, John F. Kennedy. Though the coin is still legal tender, its face value is greatly exceeded by its value to collectors or as silver.

Value Range 
Year Mintage G F VF EF AU UNC BU PROOF
1960D 18,215,812 $10.50 $12.50 $14.50 $16.50 $425
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