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

1963-D 50C, FL (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+FL

PCGS MS66+FL

PCGS MS66+FL
PCGS #:
86685
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
John R. Sinnock/John Frederick Lewis
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
67,069,292
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$15,275 • NGC MS67FL • 8-10-2016 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 20,000 R-2.8 23 / 35 TIE 23 / 35 TIE
60 or Better 20,000 R-2.8 23 / 35 TIE 23 / 35 TIE
65 or Better 4,000 R-4.2 20 / 35 TIE 20 / 35 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+FBL PCGS grade
1 MS66+FBL PCGS grade  
3 MS66FBL PCGS grade
3 MS66FBL PCGS grade
3 MS66FBL PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+FBL PCGS grade
1 MS66+FBL PCGS grade  
3 MS66FBL PCGS grade
3 MS66FBL PCGS grade
3 MS66FBL PCGS grade  
3 MS66FBL PCGS grade  
3 MS66FBL PCGS grade  
3 MS66FBL PCGS grade  
3 MS66FBL PCGS grade  
3 MS66FBL PCGS grade  

Jaime Hernandez: This is the last year in which Franklin Half Dollars were struck. The  1963-D Franklin Half Dollar also happens to have the largest mintage in the entire series. The Mint struck over 65 million of them for this issue, compare this to the mintage of the1955-P where just under 2.5 million were struck.

Therefore the 1963-D is very common in circulated grades up to MS64 condition they can still be bought in rolls. In MS65 condition many of them are sold as singles and in MS66 condition command a significant premium with many of them already being graded. There are no MS67 examples known, more than likely the large amount of coins produced affected the quality as the Denver Mint was not use to producing this many Half Dollars in a single year and quality was probably not their primary concern.