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.
1957 Franklin half dollar, Proof 68 Deep Cameo CAC
Deep Cameo is a designation that PCGS uses to identify coins that have deeply
frosted devices and lettering that contrast with the fields, creating
a “black and white” effect, and it’s specifically applied to 1950 and
later Proofs. The Deep Cameo designation is abbreviated DCAM. (NGC
uses the term Ultra Cameo to describe the same effect.)
This 1957 Franklin half dollar has the heavy contrast one expects
from a DCAM Franklin half dollar with a razor-sharp strike and no
distracting hairlines, marks or abrasions. Carrying a green Certified
Acceptance Corp. sticker, it sold for $1,762.50 at Heritage’s June 5
Long Beach auction.
It is one of 73 similarly graded examples at PCGS with just two
finer at PCGS. While none of the PCGS Proof 69 Deep Cameo 1957 half
dollars have appeared at auction recently, at the 2013 Florida United Numismatists auction, Heritage
sold an NGC-graded Proof 69 Ultra Cameo 1957 half dollar for $10,575.
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