One of the most historic fifty-cent pieces ever produced, the Franklin Half Dollar contains 90 percent fine silver and remains a favorite among coin collectors and enthusiasts alike. This half dollar coin features the profile of Benjamin Franklin, one of the most important figures in American history. The coin also features some key symbols, with the Liberty Bell and an eagle featured on the coin’s reverse. While many of the Franklin Half Dollars available today show their age, you can still easily locate Franklin Half Dollars in brilliant, uncirculated condition. With generally low premiums and a beautiful design, it’s no wonder these coins are in demand.
While Franklin Half Dollars are not considered “rare,” some editions may be slightly more valuable than others.
Coins are often graded in an effort to determine their overall condition, gold or silver content and authenticity. The process by which coins are graded is systematic and complete. These processes will determine how well a coin’s condition has stood up to Father Time, and can also be a good indicator of value. After going through the motions, a coin’s final grade is assigned by a team of expert numismatists. Needless to say, the better the overall condition of the coin, the more the coin may be worth in the marketplace. You can get a general idea of how your coin may be graded by performing a close inspection of the coin and its details.
Use the specifications below to determine how your Franklin Half Dollar coin might be graded.
Uncirculated: Coins that are assigned a grade of uncirculated appear to be fresh from the presses. Even with their advancing age, coins in uncirculated condition will appear fresh, shiny and new. Although the coin may have a slight difference in color due to age, all of the coin’s imagery, text and other details remain fully intact and unscathed. You can very easily use a magnifying glass to inspect your coins. By looking at the coin’s details for any scratches or imperfections, you can see if the coin has been handled or exposed to wear and tear. Signs of wear might include scratches or surfaces appearing worn down.
Extremely Fine: Coins given a grade of extremely fine are in near-new condition. While not quite as good as uncirculated, coins in extremely fine condition may have only very minor surface wear or other imperfections present. Certain coin details, such as Franklin’s hair, may be slightly worn down. Other areas of the coin may also feel like they have eroded over the years, and may have less overall texture. Despite these very minor imperfections, coins in this condition are highly sought after and visually appealing.
Fine: While the text or imagery on a coin graded fine is still easily discernible, the coin may have some easy-to-see damage or wear. The coin’s imagery may be worn down or scratched and the coin’s color may appear slightly different or faded.
Good: Coins in good condition have some significant wear and tear that is quite visible to the naked eye. Sometimes, damage to the coin’s surfaces is so bad that a magnifying glass may be necessary to discern the coin’s imagery, text and other details. While worn down or damaged, coins in good condition can still be extremely valuable if they are scarce or difficult to obtain.
All mint editions of Franklin Half Dollars are fairly easy to buy today and are not hard to find. A 1954 edition half dollar may exchange hands for about $13 in very fine condition. A coin in extremely fine condition may be valued around $14. Prices can potentially move up from this level depending on the coin’s condition and grade. Listed below is a chart aimed at giving you a better understanding of what you might be asked to pay for a 1954 Franklin Half Dollar given its condition and type.
1954 Franklin Half Dollar
|1954 Franklin Half Dollar||N/A||N/A||$14||N/A|
|1954 Franklin Half Dollar (D)||N/A||N/A||$14||N/A|
|1954 Franklin Half Dollar (S)||N/A||N/A||$14||N/A||Source: Red Book|