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1948-1963 Franklin Silver Half Dollar Melt Value

1948 - 1963 Silver Franklin Half Dollar Value (United States)


U.S. MINT SPECIFICATIONS
Denomination:$0.50
Obverse Image:Benjamin Franklin; leading author, politician, printer, scientist, philosopher, publisher, inventor, civic activist, and diplomat.
Reverse Image:Liberty Bell with a small eagle.
Metal Composition:90% silver, 10% copper
Total Weight:12.5 grams
Comments:A small eagle to the right of the bell was necessitated by law; ironically, Franklin himself had opposed the selection of the eagle as the US national symbol, preferring the turkey as a "more noble bird". [ ? ]


    
CALCULATING TODAY'S MELT VALUE (USD)
Using the latest metal prices and the specifications above, these are the numbers required to calculate melt value:
 
 $17.15  =silver price / ounce on Oct 24, 2014.
.90  =silver %
 $3.0613  =copper price / pound on Oct 24, 2014.
.10  =copper %
12.5  =total weight in grams
.0321507466  =ounce/gram conversion factor
.00220462262  =pound/gram conversion factor (see note directly below)


The CME uses pounds to price copper and that means we need to multiply the metal price by .00220462262 to make the conversion to grams. The silver price is based in troy ounces and that means we need to multiply the metal price by .0321507466 to make the conversion to grams.



1. Calculate 90% silver value :

    (17.15 × .0321507466 × 12.5 × .90)  =  $6.2030846721


$6.2030 is the rounded silver value for the 1948-1963 silver Franklin half dollar on October 24, 2014. This is usually the value used by coin dealers when selling these coins at melt value. However, the total melt value is continued below.



2. Calculate 10% copper value :

    (3.0613 × .00220462262 × 12.5 × .10)  =  $0.0084361


3. Add the two together :

    $6.2030846721 + $0.0084361 = $6.2115207721




$6.2115207721 is the total melt value for the 1948-1963 silver Franklin half dollar on October 24, 2014.



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MINTAGE AND COLLECTIBLE VALUE (USD)
The "Year" column lists the year and mint mark on the coin -- D is for Denver, S is for San Francisco, and P is for Philadelphia. A coin without a mint mark means it was also minted in Philadelphia. The "Mintage" column is the number of coins struck and released by the U.S. Mint. The "Numismatic Value Range" column represents what people typically pay for that type of coin (usually a very wide price range depending on the condition).

The PCGS price guide on silver Franklin half dollars has an updated list of certified coin prices.
Mintmark Location:Numismatic Value Range – Based On Condition:
Silver Franklin Half Dollar MintmarkSilver Franklin Half Dollar in Good ConditionSilver Half Dollar in Fine ConditionSilver Franklin Half Dollar in XF ConditionUncirculated Silver Half Dollar
YearBuy Silver Halves on eBayMintageGoodFineExtra FineUncirculated
1948 Shop 3,006,814 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $15.00 and up
1948 D Shop 4,028,600 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $15.00 and up
1949 Shop 5,614,000 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $25.00 and up
1949 D Shop 4,120,600 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $30.00 and up
1949 S Shop 3,744,000 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.50 $7.50 - $8.00 $45.00 and up
1950 Shop 7,742,123 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $20.00 and up
1950 D Shop 8,031,600 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $18.00 and up
1951 D Shop 9,475,200 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $20.00 and up
1951 S Shop 13,696,000 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $18.00 and up
1952 Shop 21,192,093 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $13.00 and up
1952 D Shop 25,395,600 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $13.00 and up
1952 S Shop 5,526,000 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $35.00 and up
1953 Shop 2,796,920 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $15.00 and up
1953 D Shop 20,900,400 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $18.00 and up
1953 S Shop 4,148,000 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $18.00 and up
1954 Shop 13,188,203 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $13.00 and up
1954 D Shop 25,445,580 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $13.00 and up
1954 S Shop 4,993,400 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.00 - $7.25 $13.00 and up
1955 Shop 2,876,381 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $7.50 - $8.00 $18.00 and up
1955 Bugs Shop Unknown $7.75 - $8.00 $8.00 - $9.00 $10.00 - $12.00 $18.00 and up
1956 Shop 4,032,000 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.75 - $7.00 $13.00 and up
1957 Shop 5,114,000 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.75 - $7.00 $13.00 and up
1957 D Shop 19,996,850 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.75 - $7.00 $12.00 and up
1958 Shop 4,042,000 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.75 - $7.00 $12.00 and up
1958 D Shop 23,962,412 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.75 - $7.00 $12.00 and up
1959 Shop 6,200,000 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.75 - $7.00 $12.00 and up
1959 D Shop 13,053,750 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.75 - $7.00 $12.00 and up
1960 Shop 6,024,000 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.75 - $7.00 $12.00 and up
1960 D Shop 18,215,812 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.75 - $7.00 $12.00 and up
1961 Shop 8,290,000 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.75 - $7.00 $12.00 and up
1961 D Shop 20,276,442 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.75 - $7.00 $12.00 and up
1962 Shop 9,714,000 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.75 - $7.00 $12.00 and up
1962 D Shop 35,473,281 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.75 - $7.00 $12.00 and up
1963 Shop 22,164,000 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.75 - $7.00 $12.00 and up
1963 D Shop 67,069,292 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.50 - $6.75 $6.75 - $7.00 $12.00 and up

If you're interested in learning more about grading coins, Photograde is an excellent resource.


EBAY AUCTIONS - SILVER FRANKLIN HALF DOLLARS ONLY
I believe that the old saying, "A coin is only worth what someone will pay for it," is absolutely true. I prefer eBay because it displays what people are actually paying for coins. Monthly coin price magazines and online price lists may not reflect current market conditions because they don't demonstrate what people are actually willing to pay.

View all silver Franklin half dollar auctions or those with the least time left (below).



CHARTS
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