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.

Franklin Half Dollar Mintages

1948 3,006,814
1948-D 4,028,600
1949 5,614,000
1949-D 4,120,600
1949-S 3,744,000
1950 7,742,123
1950-D 8,031,600
1951 16,802,102
1951-D 9,475,200
1951-S 13,696,000
1952 21,192,093
1952-D 25,395,600
1952-S 5,526,000
1953 2,668,120
1953-D 20,900,400
1953-S 4,148,000
1954 13,188,202
1954-D 25,445,580
1954-S 4,993,400
1955 2,498,181
1956 4,032,000
1957 5,114,000
1957-D 19,966,850
1958 4,042,000
1958-D 23,962,412
1959 6,200,000
1959-D 13,053,750
1960 6,024,000
1960-D 18,215,812
1961 8,290,000
1961-D 20,276,442
1962 9,714,000
1962-D 35,473,281
1963 22,164,000
1963-D 67,069,292