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.
1950 Franklin half dollar, Proof 67 Cameo
1950 represents the first year of the Proof Franklin half
dollar, and Proof examples were struck at the Philadelphia Mint each
year until the series ended in 1963.
This example graded Proof 67 Cameo by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. has
virtually no toning, and as Heritage notes, “Unlike many of the 1950
proofs, there are no distracting hairlines from overzealous die
polishing.” The result is that the frosted devices contrast against
the mirrored fields. It sold for $9,987.50.
This example is among the finest graded with just one NGC example in
a numerically finer grade with Cameo designation. Deep Cameo examples
are extremely rare with just a handful known, although with a mintage
of 51,386 pieces it is somewhat plentiful in lower grades, with the
typical example grading Proof 64 to Proof 65. At the same auction, a
Professional Coin Grading Service Proof 64 Cameo example realized $763.75.
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