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SERIES: Franklin Half Dollars 1950-1963
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1961 50C Doubled Die Reverse, CA (Proof)

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PCGS PR66CA

PCGS PR66CA

PCGS PR66CA
PCGS #:
86689
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
John R. Sinnock/John Frederick Lewis
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
3,028,244
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$11,750 • PCGS PR66 • 4-26-2015 • Heritage
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8,500
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9,000
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17,500
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67
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 20 R-9.1 1 / 16 1 / 16
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 1 / 16 1 / 16
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 1 / 16 1 / 16
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67CAM PCGS grade  
2 PR65CAM estimated grade  
2 PR65CAM estimated grade  
4 PR63CAM estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67CAM PCGS grade  
2 PR65CAM estimated grade  
2 PR65CAM estimated grade  
4 PR63CAM estimated grade  

Ron Guth: The 1961 Doubled Die Reverse Half Dollar is one of the most dramatic, exciting, and valuable of all Franklin Half Dollars.  However, be aware that there are other Doubled Die Reverses for this year, but they are not as dramatic and are far less valuable.  The one to look for has very strong doubling of E PLURIBUS UNUM, UNITED STATES, and HALF DOLLAR.

As of May 2011, PCGS had certified 66 examples of this variety, usually in PR66 or lower.  Only 10 earned the PR67 grade and none were graded finer.  Apparently, cameo Proofs of this variety are extremely rare, as PCGS has graded only one (PR67CA).  No Deep Cameo examples are known (yet!).