Like all other coins in the series, the 1951 Franklin Half Dollar coin was minted from an alloy containing 90% Silver and 10% copper.
In 1951, 16,802,102 Franklin Half Dollar coins were minted at the Philadelphia Mint. These coins do not have a mint mark.
At the Denver Mint, 9,475,200 Franklin Half Dollar coins were minted. Franklin Half Dollar coin minted at the Denver Mint are stamped with the “D” mint mark.
This was the second time that Franklin Half Dollars were minted at the San Francisco Mint. The San Francisco Mint produced 13,696,000 coins in 1951 that are stamped with the “S” mint mark.
This year was the largest mintage of Franklin Silver Dollar coins to date. Nearly 40 million 1951 Franklin Half Dollar coins were produced across all three minting facilities.
1951 Franklin Half Dollar Mintages
|San Francisco Mint||13,696,000|
|1951 Franklin Half Dollar Mintage Total||39,973,302|
1951 Franklin Half Dollar Specifications
|Mint Marks:||None – Philadelphia Mint, D – Denver Mint, S – San Francisco 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 1951 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.
1951 Franklin Half Dollar Melt Value
The melt value of each uncirculated 1951 Franklin Half Dollar is $6.81 based on today’s silver spot price of $18.83. Each $1 Face Value of circulated coins has a melt value of roughly $13.46 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 $134.63.