1949 Franklin Half Dollar

1949 was the second year that the Franklin Half Dollar coin was minted.

The Franklin Half Dollar coin was minted from an alloy containing 90% Silver and 10% copper.

In 1949, 5,614,000 Franklin Half Dollar coins were minted at the Philadelphia Mint. These coins do not have a mint mark.

At the Denver Mint, 4,120,600 Franklin Silver Half Dollar coins were minted. Franklin Half Dollar coin minted at the Denver Mint are stamped with the “D” mint mark.

This was the first year that Franklin Half Dollars were minted at the San Francisco Mint. The San Francisco Mint produced 3,744,000 coins in 1949 that are stamped with the “S” mint mark.

1949 Franklin Half Dollar Mintages

Philadelphia Mint 5,614,000
Denver Mint 4,120,600
San Francisco Mint 3,744,000
1949 Franklin Half Dollar Mintage Total 13,478,600

1949 Franklin Half Dollar Specifications

Year: 1949
Mint Marks: None – Philadelphia Mint, D – Denver Mint, S – San Francisco Mint
Gross Weight: 12.5 grams (0.402 troy ounces)
Silver Content:90%
Silver Weight:.3617 troy ounces
Silver Melt:$5.461
Diameter: 30.6 mm
Thickness: 2.15 mm
Edge: Reeded
Composition: Silver .900, Copper .100
1 – Based on today’s silver spot price of $15.09

Most circulated Franklin Silver Half Dollars from 1949 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.

1949 Franklin Half Dollar Melt Value

The melt value of each uncirculated 1949 Franklin Half Dollar is $5.46 based on today’s silver spot price of $15.09. Each $1 Face Value of circulated coins has a melt value of roughly $10.79 using the industry standard .715 troy ounces per face value.

Each standard bank roll of $10 Face Value (20 Coins) has a melt value of roughly $107.89.