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WE ARE BULLISH ON FRANKLIN HALF DOLLARS
The market in Franklin Half Dollars is heating up as more and more new collectors enter the market and discover what a bargain these coins are!   Here is an article, reprinted with the permission of the Beverly Hills Coin Club, listing seven reasons why highly-affordable Franklin Half Dollars should be on the top of the list of serious collectors and investors.  We are so bullish on these coins that we have purchased over 50 complete sets of especially nice BU Franklins, and offer these, conservatively graded, at the bottom of this page for your consideration.  

Seven Reason Why Franklins Are Great to Collect & Invest In
                                                                           by Charles Baker, M.A.

1.  The Benjamin Franklin Half Dollar is a coin steeped in history and fascinating facts.   Up until 1979, with the advent of the Susan B. Anthony Dollar, Benjamin Franklin was the only real-person, non-president, to appear on a coin designed for circulation.  Mr. Franklin served as the first U.S. Post Master, he invented dozens of useful items, and he was a brilliant writer and statesman.   John R. Sinnock, the designer of this coin, had his initials engraved in all of the Franklin Half Dollar dies, and positioned these initials below Franklin's bust.  During those McCarthy-era years, paranoia got the best of some people, who complained that the initials JRS stood for Joseph Stalin.   For yet another reason, Mr. Sinnock was later denounced for his design, as the Bell that appears on the reverse is very similar to the Sesquicentennial Commemorative Half Dollar of 1926.   By law, the eagle had to appear on all half dollars since the 1790s.  But since Franklin was synonymous with Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell seemed more appropriate.  This conflict was resolved by designing the likeness of a very tiny eagle, which appears on all issues, at the side of the Bell.

2.  Minted only from 1948 to 1963 (Only 16 years!).  A nice BU complete set is far more affordable and easily attainable than other popular series.   A complete set of nice BU Morgans or Walkers would cost over $50,000 per set!  Yet, really nice Franklin sets can be had for under $1,000 !

3.  Many low mintage issues abound in this series, with an average mintage being far fewer than the average mintage of Morgan Dollars and Walking Liberty Halves!  

4.  Because of their relative recent mintage and availability at the time, millions were melted in the great silver melts of 1964 through1968 and 1979 through 1983.

5.  The possible available sets in nice BU condition is limited to the least-available coin in nice BU, believed to be the 1949-S.
With a mintage of just 3,744,000, most of this date was heavily circulated as collectors of the time focused more on hoarding the 1948 first-year issues and the obsolete Walking Liberty Halves.  Many market-makers believe that fewer than 10,000 1949-S issues survived in nice BU (Mint State 63 or better) condition.  The Professional Coin Grading Services have graded only a few hundred in 63, 64 and 65 and less than a 100 in 66 or better.  Therefore, in theory at least,  the possible number of COMPLETE sets of Franklins available is probably limited to no more than approximately 10,000 at best.

6.  The number of possible nice BU sets with Full Bell Lines (full lines on the lower part of the bell) is even more limited, as it is widely believed that there are many dates and mints in this series in which there are no more than a thousand nice BU examples with Full Bell Lines.  Few dealers have very big inventories of these, with the exception of some of the bigger ones such as Bowers & Marena, CollectorsInternet, Collectors Universe and R & I Coin.   The Professional Coin Grading Services have graded only a few hundred of each and every date with Full Bell Lines in nice BU.  

7.  At under $1,000 each for nice BU sets, and only a few thousand dollars for sets with Full Bell Lines, these sets are way under priced yet still highly affordable.  I remember buying nice BU 63 sets for about $550 to $950 per set back in the early 1980s.  Today, these coins can still be had for about the same price!   Unfortunately, I sold them all, and am eager to start buying more again.  There are not too many sets of large silver coins in the world that we can own for only about an average of $20 to $30 per coin.   I think with the advent of the State Quarters, which are going to be continuously issued until the year 2008, the number of collectors entering the market will continue to grow and grow.  It is often said that rare coins are "the poor-man's real estate", because like real estate, there is only a limited supply, but the demand keeps growing not only with the population, but with the increase popularity.  I think all coins are a great buy these days, be they Large Cents, Walkers, Morgan or Peace Dollars.  However, with such a limited supply of nice BU Franklins, along with the ease of putting together a nice set at very attainable prices, I think the Franklin Half Dollar will do particularly well for investors and collectors now, through the year 2008, and beyond.

(Reprinted with the permission of the Beverly Hills Coin Club  www.bhcoinclub.org )

Grading Information:

PR = Poor, FR = Fair, AG = Almost Good, G = Good, VG = Very Good, F = Fine, VF = Very Fine, XF (EF) = Extra Fine, CH = Choice, AU = Almost Uncirculated, BU = Brilliant Uncirculated, MS = Mint State (Uncirculated or Unc.), PR = Proof

For more grading information please see our 3-coins-per-grade page

 

FRANKLIN HALF DOLLARS

Sharply Struck with Superior Strikes with Fully Struck with
90% Bell Lines or More! 95-99% Bell Lines! Full Bold Bell Lines!
  Choice Very Gem Superb     Choice Very Gem Superb     Choice Very Gem Superb
BU 63 Choice BU 64 BU 65 BU 66 BU 63 Choice BU 64 BU 65 BU 66 BU 63 FBL Choice BU 64 BU 65 FBL BU 66 FBL
1948 $30 $30 $65 $340 1948 $30 $35 $70 $385 1948 $25 $45 $90 $735
1948-D $25 $30 $95 $930 1948-D $30 $40 $115 $975 1948-D $35 $70 $140 -
1949 $30 $40 $85 $340 1949 $40 $50 $90 $385 1949 $45 $115 $240 $635
1949-D $35 $55 $735 $2,910 1949-D $35 $50 $735 $3,210 1949-D $75 $185 $1,725 -
1949-S $70 $70 $105 $195 1949-S $70 $90 $105 $225 1949-S $100 $175 $225 $940
1950 $30 $35 $85 $415 1950 $30 $85 $90 $480 1950 $35 $70 $165 $735
1950-D $30 $45 $365 $3,455 1950-D $45 $365 $385 $3,715 1950-D $55 $140 $535 -
1951 $25 $30 $75 $265 1951 $30 $65 $70 $285 1951 $25 $60 $215 $1,230
1951-D $30 $40 $145 $1,475 1951-D $35 $50 $70 $1,635 1951-D $60 $115 $340 -
1951-S $45 $55 $80 $225 1951-S $50 $55 $90 $275 1951-S $45 $125 $345 $1,140
1952 $20 $25 $50 $115 1952 $25 $30 $55 $145 1952 $25 $45 $140 $285
1952-D $25 $50 $95 $835 1952-D $30 $50 $100 $930 1952-D $30 $45 $265 -
1952-S $55 $65 $70 $225 1952-S $55 $60 $80 $250 1952-S $85 $195 $545 -
1953 $25 $35 $135 $535 1953 $30 $40 $145 $580 1953 $55 $100 $535 -
1953-D $20 $30 $140 $735 1953-D $30 $35 $155 $780 1953-D $35 $45 $240 -
  Choice Very Gem Superb   Choice Very Gem Superb   Choice Very Gem Superb
BU 63 Choice BU 64 BU 65 BU 66 BU 63 Choice BU 64 BU 65 BU 66 BU 63 FBL Choice BU 64 BU 65 FBL BU 66 FBL
1953-S $30 $35 $70 $220 1953-S $55 $80 $100 $295 1953-S - - - -
1954 $20 $25 $50 $365 1954 $25 $30 $55 $435 1954 $25 $60 $135 -
1954-D $20 $25 $95 $735 1954-D $25 $30 $115 $930 1954-D $35 $60 $115 -
1954-S $30 $35 $50 $345 1954-S $35 $35 $65 $390 1954-S $55 $75 $345 $1,440
1955 $30 $30 $45 $175 1955 $30 $35 $55 $195 1955 $55 $85 $145 $685
1956 $30 $30 $45 $70 1956 $30 $35 $55 $80 1956 $30 $55 $80 $125
1957 - $25 $35 $65 1957 $20 $25 $20 $70 1957 $25 $45 $70 $115
1957-D - $1520 $35 $75 1957-D $20 $25 $50 $70 1957-D $25 $45 $70 $125
1958 - $20 $35 $65 1958 $20 $25 $50 $70 1958 $25 $45 $70 $125
1958-D - $20 $35 $65 1958-D $20 $25 $55 $70 1958-D $25 $45 $70 $125
1959 - $20 $70 $465 1959 $20 $25 $90 $635 1959 $25 $45 $115 $1,725
1959-D - $20 $95 $660 1959-D $20 $25 $100 $835 1959-D $25 $45 $115 $1,725
1960 - $20 $95 $710 1960 $20 $25 $115 $930 1960 $25 $45 $215 -
1960-D - $20 $435 $1,475 1960-D $25 $30 $55 $1,830 1960-D $290 $415 $930 -
1961 - $20 $125 $735 1961 $20 $25 $140 $745 1961 $55 $90 $975 -
1962 $60 $65 $1,095 $4,250 1962 $85 $85 $1,195 $4,950 1962 $90 $120 $1,350 $5,025
1962-D $20 $30 $195 $2,095 1962-D $25 $35 $220 $2,1,50 1962-D $30 $40 $250 $2,450
1963 $55 $65 $525 $1,750 1963 $65 $85 $595 $1,950 1963 $85 $105 $640 $2,050
1963-D - $20 $45 $425 1963-D $20 $25 $50 $495 1963-D $25 $30 $60 $550

 

Ordering is as simple as one, two, three:

1.) Simply write down the items you want on any stationary along with grades and prices, or use our Online Order Form
You may also print out the pages which you are ordering from and circle or highlight the specific items ordered.

2.) Total your order and add postage & insurance fees. For California resident, please add 8.75% sales tax on order under $1,500

Please refer to the chart below for domestic shipping cost.

All shipments are professionally packaged and shipped fully insured via USPS.
Purchase Value Shipping Cost (Insurance included)
Up to $100 - $9
$101 to $500 - $12
$501 to $1,000 - $14
$1,001 to $2000 - $19
$2,001 to $3000 - $24
$3,001 to $5,000 - $29
$5,001 to $10,000 - $35
$10,001 to $15,000 - $49
Over $15,000 - $75
Overseas postage/insurance outside of the U.S. is $19 above our base fees above plus 1% for every $100. By way of example, an order for $1,000 would be $14+$19+$10 = $43.

As always, all items carry a lifetime guarantee of authenticity and grading is guaranteed with a 15 day return privilege.

3.) Send check or money order payable to:  CollectorsInternet, 7510 Sunset Blvd., #183, L.A., CA 90046

We are now accepting Major Credit Card. Please use our Online Order Form Here

*Please allow 10 business days for personal checks to clear, or about 3 to 4 weeks for delivery.  All money order shipments are processed in the order received.  Please allow at least one to three weeks for delivery.  U.S. Postal Regulations allow for up to six weeks for delivery, but we often get shipments out in about half that time.  We have customers in all fifty states and dozens of countries worldwide. Overseas postage/insurance outside of the U.S. is $24 above our base fee of $9, plus 1% for every $100. By way of example, an order for $1,000 would be $24+$11+$10 = $44.

**Please note: Bullion-related gold and silver coins that sell for less than double their melt value are subject to change without notice.  When ordering coins that are close to bullion melt values, please email us to confirm current pricing, as silver prices in particular have been increasing almost every week for the past five years. Prices are subject to change without notice as some coins go up almost daily or weekly. If you think a price appear unusually low, please confirm prices via email prior to commitment. There is a 10% restocking fees for returns of bullion related coins. Contact us by clicking on this link: CONTACT US 

About Scans

We can email scans only if the value is $5,000 or more, but we recommend that you always view the coins in person, using our 14 day return privilege.    Scans, no matter how good, can never fully recreate the actual three-dimensional qualities of a coin.  Also, due to time constraints, it would be impossible to scan each and every coin that comes in and out of inventory each day.  Regarding our own experience with scanned photos on eBay and other auction sites, we have had to return too many over-graded but "well-scanned" coins, and have heard too many similar horror stories from our customers.  The simple fact is that a scan can never capture accurately the three-dimensional qualities of a coins strike, luster and toning.  If this weren't bad enough, many sellers tend to manipulate the luster, toning, and even the sharpness of a coin through their scanning programs.  We both lose if we over grade a coin, and that's the last thing we want. Long before the advent of "photo scans" we bought and sold coins the good old fashioned way: Properly graded with a full 14 day, no-questions-asked return privilege.  Today, this time-tested tradition continues.  Our satisfaction rate has remained over 99% since 1979. We want you to be happy, tell your friends, and make them happy too.  This is how we have built our business of more than 65,000 satisfied customers worldwide over the past 28 years, and we hope to add you to our growing number of repeat customers.

 

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