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SERIES: Franklin Half Dollars 1948-1963
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1953-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
6666
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
John R. Sinnock/John Frederick Lewis
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
4,148,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$5,348 • PCGS MS67 • 3-16-2006 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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
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1 MS67 PCGS grade
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1 MS67 PCGS grade
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1 MS67 PCGS grade  
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1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
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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.