Us 1956 Franklin Half Dollar Philadelphia Graded Good, Sealed By Littleton Coin Co. Free Delivery

Us 1956 Franklin Half Dollar Philadelphia Graded Good, Sealed By Littleton Coin Co. Free Delivery Us 1956 Franklin Half Dollar Philadelphia Graded Good, Sealed By Littleton Coin Co. Free Delivery Coins

US 1956 FRANKLIN HALf DOLLAR PHILADELPHIA Graded GOOD, Sealed by Littleton Coin Co. Free Delivery

Country: United States
Value: 50 cents (0.50 US dollars)
Mass: 12.50g
Diameter 30.61mm (1.21in)
Edge: reeded
Composition 90% Ag, 10% Cu, Silver 0.36169[1] troy oz
Years of minting 1948–1963
Mint marks D, S. On reverse, above top center of bell. Philadelphia Mint coins struck without mint mark.

Obverse
Design Benjamin Franklin
Designer John R. Sinnock
Design date 1948

Reverse
Design Liberty Bell
Designer John R. Sinnock
Design date 1948

Grade: This coin is graded GOOD refer to photos above of actual coin for sale.
Graded & Sealed by Littleton Coin Company, US
Reference: 1045.05
Note: Coin image is scanned and may reflect plastic outer seal scuff marks.
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Additional Info:
The Franklin half dollar is a coin that was struck by the United States Mint ("Mint") from 1948 to 1963. The fifty-cent piece pictures Founding Father Benjamin Franklin on the obverse and the Liberty Bell on the reverse. A small eagle was placed to the right of the bell to fulfill the legal requirement that half dollars depict the figure of an eagle. Produced in 90 percent silver with a reeded edge, the coin was struck at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco mints.

Mint director Nellie Tayloe Ross had long admired Franklin, and wanted him to be depicted on a coin. In 1947, she instructed the Mint's chief engraver, John R. Sinnock, to prepare designs for a Franklin half dollar. Sinnock's designs were based on his earlier work, but he died before their completion. The designs were completed by Sinnock's successor, Gilroy Roberts. The Mint submitted the new designs to the Commission of Fine Arts ("Commission") for its advisory opinion. The Commission disliked the small eagle and felt that depicting the crack in the Liberty Bell would expose the coinage to jokes and ridicule. Despite the Commission's disapproval, the Mint proceeded with Sinnock's designs.

After the coins were released in April 1948, the Mint received accusations that Sinnock's initials "JRS" on the cutoff at Franklin's shoulder were a tribute to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. No change was made, with the Mint responding that the letters were simply the artist's initials. The coin was struck regularly until 1963; beginning in 1964 it was replaced by the Kennedy half dollar, issued in honor of the assassinated President, John F. Kennedy. Though the coin is still legal tender, its face value is greatly exceeded by its value to collectors or as silver.

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