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Obverse of 1956 Half Dollar     Reverse of 1956 Half Dollar


1956 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6671, 86671, 6697, 86697, 96697, 6686, 86686 

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 4,032,000
Proofs: 669,384

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) centered above the bell on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ron Guth

Varieties:
Type 1 reverse
Type 2 reverse

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-68 Deep Cameo.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6409, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS Proof-68 Deep Cameo.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6408, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS Proof-68 Deep Cameo.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6407, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS Proof-68 Cameo.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 320, sold for $92.00

PCGS Proof-68 Cameo.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8570, "Type 2", not illustrated, sold for $402.50

PCGS MS-67 Full Bell Lines.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1826, sold for $3,105.00

PCGS MS-65 Full Bell Lines.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1922, not illustrated, sold for $63.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated non-Full Bell Line examples graded by PCGS are 9 MS-67's.

The finest Uncirculated Full Bell Line examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-67's.

The finest Proof "Type 1" examples graded by PCGS are 38 PR-68's.

The finest Proof Cameo "Type1" examples graded by PCGS are 9 PR-68's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo "Type 1" examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-68's.

The finest Proof "Type 2" examples graded by PCGS are 11 PR-69's.

The finest Proof Cameo "Type 2" examples graded by PCGS are 17 PR-69's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo "Type 2" examples graded by PCGS are 36 PR-69's.

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