Why buy this FS-401 Cherry Picker 1955 "Bugs Bunny" Variety Silver Franklin Half Dollar?
This FS-401 "Bugs Bunny" variety Franklin half dollar is a great choice for collectors who like coins that feature mint errors. It continued a series that began in 1948 and completed America's transition from allegorical figures to historical ones on her coinage. Specifically, this series replaced the Walking Liberty half dollar. This coin was struck at the Philadelphia Mint on a 12.5 g planchet of constitutional, or .900 fine, silver. It was part of a mintage of just under 2.5 million pieces.
Powerful Liberty Bell Design by John R. Sinnock
John R. Sinnock's obverse design celebrates one of the most important Founding Fathers. His right-side effigy of Ben Franklin is based on a bust by Jean-Antoine Houdon. A die clash makes it appear that Franklin has buck teeth, which is why this coin is designated "Bugs Bunny Variety." Rim inscriptions read, "LIBERTY" and "IN GOD WE TRUST," while the date, "1955," is included to the right of Franklin's likeness.
On the reverse is the Liberty Bell, including its famous crack. While the bell portion of the design was Sinnock's work, Gilroy Roberts completed the design by adding the legally required eagle, which is to the right of the bell. Opposite the eagle is the phrase "E PLURIBUS UNUM" (From many, one). Rim inscriptions offer the coin's country, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," and face value, "HALF DOLLAR."
Beautifully Maintained MS64
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) certified that this coin is in Mint State 64. That means that it has excellent strike and luster, and lacks any circulation wear.
Don't miss your chance to own this "Bugs Bunny" 1955 FS-401 Cherry Picker Variety Silver Franklin Half Dollar.
|Year of Issue:||1955|
|Variety:||FS-401 Cherry Picker|
|Legal Tender:||United States|
|Obverse Design:||Benjamin Franklin|
|Reverse Design:||Liberty Bell|
|Reverse Designer/Engraver:||John R. Sinnock|
|Obverse Designer/Engraver:||John R. Sinnock|