Stack’s Bowers Galleries hosted the official auctions of the Whitman Expo in Baltimore, Nov. 3 to 6. Among
the standouts were several high grade 20th century silver coins with
beautiful rainbow toning.
A coin that has magnificent rich color can sell for many multiples
of what a similarly graded untoned coin might bring. Collectors
especially covet deep, rich jewel tones that lend an almost cloisonne
effect to a coin’s surface. The presence of gorgeous color can give an
otherwise common coin a “wow factor” that collectors will happily open
their wallets for.
Here is one of three toned silver coins we're profiling in this
week's Market Analysis.
1954 Franklin Half Dollar, PCGS Mint State 67
Full Bell Lines
While many debate the attractiveness of John R. Sinnock’s Franklin
half dollar, the design is perhaps showcased at its most effective on
richly toned examples. At the Stack’s Bowers Nov. 3 Rarities Night
Auction in Baltimore, the firm sold a 1954 Franklin half dollar graded
Mint State 67 full bell lines by Professional Coin Grading Service for $14,100.
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It was distinguished by target toning on both sides. As the
description observed, “On the obverse a halo of steel-blue and
reddish-orange surrounds an olive-gold center. For the reverse we note
powder blue, salmon pink and antique gold shades around a pearl gray center.”
Franklin half dollar
The Benjamin Franklin half dollar is a series that may ring your
bell. Produced from 1948 through 1963, the Franklin half dollar
features the Liberty Bell on the reverse. Although it complies with
laws that dictate an eagle must appear on the coin, the small eagle
to the side of the Liberty Bell almost appears to be an
afterthought. How much are
Franklin half dollars worth?
Many Franklin half dollars are rare in high grades, especially with
fully struck bell lines on the reverse’s Liberty Bell. Although the
1954 Franklin half dollar is common in circulated grades and through
MS-65, it becomes tough in MS-66 and is rare in MS-67, with PCGS
grading just three MS-67 full bell line examples.
Keep reading this Market Analysis of toned silver coins:
Vivid rainbow toning gives high-mintage 1955-S
Roosevelt dime a significant price bump: With a
mintage of 18,510,000, the issue is common, and even in MS-67
certified examples sell for $50 or so. This one sold for more than $1,600.
Why this MS-66 Stone Mountain half
dollar brought 10 times the typical price: A
typical example certified MS-66 by PCGS or Numismatic Guaranty Corp.
might sell for $250 to $300 at auction. This one sold for more than $3,000.