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- Bears a face value of $.50 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Obverse features the right-profile portrait of Franklin.
- Reverse includes the Liberty Bell.
Each of the 90% Silver Franklin Half Dollar coins in this listing are in BU condition. Coins in BU condition exhibit no signs of wear and tear, though you may notice a range of minor flaws including breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, and contact marks from the coining process at the mint.
The path to appearance on coinage for Benjamin Franklin was a complicated one. Under an 1890 statute, coin designs could not be changed without Congressional approval unless the design had been in service for 25 years including the first issue year.
Starting in 1933, US Mint Director Nellie Tayloe Ross wanted to see the man she admired on the nation’s coinage. However, the quarter had just been redesigned in 1932 to feature George Washington. The Walking Liberty Half Dollar and Mercury Dime could be changed without Congressional approval in 1940, but World War II interfered.
Benjamin Franklin was not only a noted author and inventor, he was also one of the first and most influential American diplomats for the United States. Sent overseas to convince the French of the value of the American Revolution, Franklin was key in securing French investment in the American cause for independence.
On the obverse of the 90% Silver Franklin Half Dollar coin is the image of Benjamin Franklin in right-profile relief. It was created by Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, John R. Sinnock. It included the words “Liberty” above and “In God We Trust” below, with a year of issue to the right of Franklin.