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1953-S HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6666, 86666

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 4,148,000
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: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) centered above the bell on the reverse

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Significant examples:
PCGS MS-66 FBL.  Ex - Auctions by Bowers & Merena, Inc. "Rarities Sale", January 3, 2000, Lot 246, illustrated, sold for $69,000.00, a record price for any Franklin Head Half Dollar!

PCGS MS-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1915, not illustrated, sold for $437.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-65 Full Bell Lines.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1820 sold for $10,350.00

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest non-Full Bell Line examples graded by PCGS are 148 MS-66's.

The finest Full Bell Line example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

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