The Franklin Half Dollar was produced from 1948 to 1963, with mintages covering a wide range. The lowest mintage issue was the 1955 at 2,498,181 while the highest mintage was the 1963-D at 67,069,292.
Coins were produced for circulation at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints. During only four years were coins produced at all three facilities, while for the remaining years production did not take place at San Francisco, but only at one or both of the remaining facilities.
Due to the nature of the design, Franklin Half Dollars are often encountered with weak strikes or excessive contact marks that preclude higher grades. As a result, despite higher mintages for some years, gem condition coins with full bell lines can be elusive.
The mint mark is located on the reverse of the coin above the Liberty Bell. The mint marks used were “D” for Denver and “S” for San Francisco. Coins minted in Philadelphia do not carry a mint mark.
The table below presents the mintage figures for circulation strike Franklin Half Dollars. There are a total of 35 different date and mint mark combinations for the entire series.