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1953-D HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6665, 86665

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 20,900,400
Proofs: 0

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: "D" (for Denver, CO) centered above the bell on the reverse

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Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-66 Full Bell Lines.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1819 sold for $1,725.00

PCGS MS-66 Full Bell Lines.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8550, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00

PCGS MS-66 Full Bell Lines.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 245, illustrated, sold for $2,645.00  From the Great Lakes Collection

NGC MS-65, Full Bell Line.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6108, not illustrated, sold for $138.00

NGC MS-65, Full Bell Line.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6109, not illustrated, sold for $115.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1774 @$126.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1914, not illustrated, sold for $52.00

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest non-Full Bell Line examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-66's.

The finest Full Bell Line examples graded by PCGS are 27 MS-66's.

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