Franklin half dollars are popular with collectors in Proof because
the spare design just looks good as a Proof, with deeply mirrored
fields and — sometimes — frosty devices. Here are three Proof Franklin
half dollars from Heritage’s recent June 4 to 7 auctions held during
California’s Long Beach Expo. Each is a handsome representative of the
popular design by John R. Sinnock that depicts Benjamin Franklin on
the obverse and the Liberty Bell on the reverse.
1951 Franklin half dollar, Proof 68
This 1951 Franklin half dollar graded PCGS Proof 68 is one of just two in this grade at
PCGS and is used to illustrate the issue at the PCGS CoinFacts site.
It’s from a relatively low mintage of 57,500 pieces, and while Proof
67 examples can sometimes be found for less than $1,000, this example
is exceptional both for its absence of hairlines and for its deep
blue, purple and golden toning that clings to the rims.
Cameo examples are infrequently found for this date, and PCGS has
graded 18 in Proof 67 Cameo with none finer among the Cameos, while
the finest Deep Cameo PCGS examples are graded Proof 66.
The other PCGS Proof 68 example is completely untoned and fully
brilliant. It sold for $6,900 at an April 28, 2006, Heritage auction.
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