The Franklin Half Dollar coin was introduced in 1948. It replaced the Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar.
Like previous half-dollar coins, the Franklin Half Dollar coin was minted from 90% Silver.
In 1948, it’s first year of minting, 3,006,814 Franklin Half Dollar coins were minted at the Philadelphia Mint. These coins do not have a mint mark.
At the Denver Mint, 4,028,600 Franklin Half Dollar coins were minted. Franklin Half Dollar coin minted at the Denver Mint are stamped with the “D” mint mark.
1948 Franklin Silver Half Dollar Mintages
|1948 Franklin Half Dollar Mintage Total||7,035,414|
1948 Franklin Half Dollar Specifications
|Face Value:||50 cents|
|Mint Marks:||None – Philadelphia Mint, D – Denver Mint|
|Gross Weight:||12.5 grams (0.402 troy ounces)|
|Silver Weight:||.3617 troy ounces|
|Composition:||Silver .900, Copper .100|
Most circulated Franklin Silver Half Dollars from 1948 will be sold as junk silver. However, some coins in better condition may have some numismatic value to collectors. Notably, those with “full bell lines” (FBL), showing that the three lines at the lower part of the bell on the reverse are continuous from side to side, may be worth more than melt value.
1948 Franklin Half Dollar Melt Value
The melt value of each uncirculated 1948 Franklin Half Dollar is $8.32 based on today’s silver spot price of $23.00. Each $1 Face Value of circulated coins has a melt value of roughly $16.45 using the industry standard .715 troy ounces per face value.
Each standard bank roll of $10 Face Value (20 Coins) of silver half dollars has a melt value of roughly $164.45.