The Silver Franklin Half Dollar
The 90% Silver Franklin Half Dollar was born into existence by the ambitions and admiration of United States Mint Director, Nellie Tayloe Ross. Mrs. Ross was enamored with the works of one of our great Founding Fathers – Benjamin Franklin, and wished to honor his memory by having a coin bear his likeness. As an added bit of irony, Ben Franklin actually opposed the idea of putting portraits on coins; instead he actively advocated for placing proverbs on the coins about which the holder might profit upon reflection. The Mint Director then approached the chief engraver, John R Sinnock, and instructed that he begin work on a design for a new half dollar depicting the image of Benjamin Franklin. Sinnock had some previous experience with coin designs utilizing Franklin and images associated with our Founding Father. Drawing from his earlier half-dime motif, as well as the Liberty Bell that he engraved for the reverse of the 1926 Sesquicentennial of American Independence Commemorative Coin, came to be what we would know as the Franklin Half Dollar. The obverse of the coin is simply a bust of Benjamin Franklin facing right, with “Liberty” above and “In God We Trust” below. On the reverse of the coin is a slightly adapted version of the Liberty Bell as found on the backside of the 1926 Sesquicentennial half-dollar, with a small eagle situated to the immediate right.
Benjamin Franklin was the fifth person to be engraved on a coin that didn’t bear the likeness of Lady Liberty, or some other ideological figure. He was also the first non-United States President to be put on a regular issue circulating coin.
Why Purchase Rolls of 1948-1963 Random Date 90% Silver Franklin Half Dollar Coins?
Rolls of $10 Face 1948-1963 Randomly Dated 90% Silver Franklin Half Dollars are an excellent opportunity to add a popular United States silver coin to your collection in bulk quantity. These rolls can be acquired at a very reasonable price based on their intrinsic silver content. The variety you receive will be abundant as these coins spanned nearly 15 years of constant production at all three mint facilities. All dates are easily available in circulated condition which these rolls will reflect with a mix of dates and mint mark combinations. The Benjamin Franklin 90% Silver Half Dollar is 30.6 millimeters in diameter and weighs in at approximately 12.5 grams giving this coin a total pure silver weight of roughly .36169 troy ounces. With each roll containing exactly 20 coins that gives a combined total of over seven (7) Troy oz. in each item purchased. What better way is there to enjoy an All-American past time than by ordering this item today?
|Year of Issue:||1948-1963|
|Weight in Grams:||12.5 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||1/2 oz|
Walter Pehowich is on vacation today, so our commentary comes from Stephen W. Miller, CEO of Dillon Gage Companies.