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1953 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6664, 86664, 6694, 86694, 96694

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 2,668,120
Proofs: 128,800

Designer: John R. Sinnock, the reverse adapted from a design by John Frederick Lewis

Diameter: 30 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 193 grains (12.5 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) centered above the bell on the reverse

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Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-67 Cameo.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6121, not illustrated, sold for $1,725.00

NGC Proof-67 Cameo.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8568, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS Proof-66 Cameo.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6397, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS Proof-66 Cameo.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6398, not illustrated, sold for $460.00

PCGS Proof-66 Cameo.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8567, not illustrated, sold for $575.00

PCGS MS-66 Full Bell Lines.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1818 sold for $1,495.00

PCGS MS-66 Full Bell Lines.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 244, illustrated, sold for $2,415.00  From the Great Lakes Collection

ICG MS-65 Full Bell Lines.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8549, not illustrated, sold for $126.50

PCGS MS-65 Full Bell Lines.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 1534, not illustrated, sold for $345.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1913, not illustrated, sold for $80.00

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated non-Full Bell Line examples graded by PCGS are 26 MS-66's.

The finest Uncirculated Full Bell Line examples graded by PCGS are 20 MS-66's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-69.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-68.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 7 PR-67's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service