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1955 Franklin Half Dollar Value

1955 Franklin half dollar value is $7.80 for a coin with moderate to heavy wear. Silver content - 90% silver alloy - is supporting this strong base.

True potential of your coin's worth is found by judging its condition accurately. Coin collectors spend a great deal of time judging condition; it is directly tied to value.

An important issue for the Franklin series, each is inspected closely using a step-by-step method.

1955 Half Dollar - Franklin Half Series - Obverse and Reverse View

Steps Leading to Value:

  • Step 1: Date and Mintmark Variety - Minted at only one mint, an accurate identity of date is important. The "5" is similar to a '"3" in appearance.
  • Step 2: Grading Condition - Comparing your coin to images of different grades is a key part of recognizing value. The grading section helps narrow a condition and value range.
  • Step 3: Special Qualities - Collections of these half dollar each need an example of the 1955. Demand is putting pressure on coins with bold strikes, a recognizable quality.
1955 Franklin Half Dollar Value
 Condition of Coin
DateAverage
Circulated
Extremely
Fine
About
Uncirculated
Mint
State
  1955 Franklin Half Dollar Value Updated 10/18/2021
1955 $7.80 $10.33 $10.33 $14.62

Wholesale values are listed in the chart above. Use as a range when applying an assessment of what your coins are worth. Grading has the greatest impact on a coin's demand and premium.

Continue to the steps below and confirm date and condition.

Step 1: | Date and Mintmark Variety Identified

Confirm 1955 Half Dollar to Recognize Value

1955 is a year only one mint, Philadelphia struck half dollars. This fact alone gives your coin a certain appeal as a collectible.

With one listing on the value chart for 1955, it is important to confirm the exact date of the Franklin half.

1955 Franklin Half Dollar

No Mintmark on Reverse: Philadelphia Mint Struck the Coin

1955 Franklin Half Dollar

An important date in the Franklin half series, 1955 is the lowest mintage year. Just under 2.5 million of the coins were minted at the Philadelphia mint. The other two mints; Denver and San Francisco did not produce half dollars in the year.

Heavily worn examples regularly trade based on silver value. Today's collectors however place premiums on better condition examples. The "lowest mintage year" allure guarantees a demand for the date. Collectors have only this one low mintage coin to represent as their 1955 half dollar.

Two items to confirm. First - the date, 1955 is very similar at first glance to the 1953 date. Secondly, always look to the reverse for absence of a mintmark. Philadelphia, the only mint striking these coins did not use mintmarks at the time.

Inspect the reverse, just under E in STATES, if the area is empty, it confirms Philadelphia struck the coin. Completing an accurate identity of the 1955 half dollar.

Step 2: | Judge Condition to Identify Grade and Premium Half Dollar

1955 Franklin Half Dollar Value is Conditional

1955 halves are studied closely by collectors. The effort is made to determine if the coin is valued higher than its underlining bullion price. Subtle details are judged to determine a grade. Grading condition is done by comparing to examples of coins representing the different grades. A close match is found by examining surface qualities and noting the condition of the metal.

Slightly worn pieces, if enough detail remains, become desirable to collectors and worth a small premium.

Mint State Grade

1955 Franklin Half Dollar Mint State Grade

Mint State: Representing the highest 1955 Franklin half dollar value, "mint state" condition describes a coin with no wear to the surface.

Mint State is one of the hardest of all grades to detect since only the slightest traces of wear exclude a coin. If you have a magnifying glass handy inspect Franklin's cheek and chin. What needs to remain is the texture of luster (shine) on the high points. Cheek and chin, matches the shine and texture of surrounding lower relief areas on mint state coins. Wear renders these high points smooth and with a slight color difference.

About Uncirculated Grade

Franklin Half Dollar About Uncirculated Grade

About Uncirculated: When a slight amount of wear is present on the surface, a coin is graded "about uncirculated." To qualify for this grade your coin must exhibit the majority of mint luster as a starting point. This luster is the original surface of the coin when first minted, and is the first to wear as the coin is used and handled.

With luster largely intact, only trace amounts of wear confined to the very tops of the high parts of the design are acceptable.

An excellent area to judge for signs of wear is the cheek and chin of Franklin. Tilt your coin under a light, if wear is present a slight dulling of the shine is found on small areas of the high points to Franklin's cheek and chin.

Extremely Fine Grade

Extremely Fine Grade Franklin Half Dollar

Extremely Fine Grade: In the "extremely fine" grade wear has removed all mint luster, your coin is a nice light silver grey. The important aspect of this grade; wear is obvious; however. the fine details are still present.

Focus your attention on the large wave of hair behind Franklin's ear. The texture of the metal is smooth and an area of flatness is seen. Helping place the coin in the Extremely Fine grade is the inner strands of hair to the wave are well worn, but remain just visible. Overall, a nice, sharply detailed coin.

Average Circulated Condition

Franklin Half Dollar in Average Circulated Condition

Average Circulated Condition: Once wear has removed the fine details of the design, condition falls below Extremely Fine grade. These moderate to heavily worn half dollars are termed as "average circulated" condition.

When compared to higher grade pieces, average circulated coins are visibility worn and lack sharp details. Franklin's cheek and chin are noticeably worn with flat areas on once rounded contours.

Additionally, the amount of wear on the large wave of hair behind the ear is causing a very large flat area, lacking fine inner details. Blending of hair details near the shoulder is confirming the average circulated condition.

How to Video: Grading Franklin Half Dollars

Grading the condition of subtle points and using video and close-up images adds to "seeing" a narrow range of condition and values.

Video, Images and Descriptions | Grading Franklin Half Dollars

Step 3: | Special Qualities Enhancing Value

Special Qualities Headline

1955 Franklin half dollars have a strong historical element to its special quality, lowest mintage variety of the entire series. With just 2.4 million struck, it is well below the next higher mintage of the 1948 Philadelphia issue at 3 million coined.

A strong second quality is 1955 halves were minted at the Philadelphia mint only. To represent the 1955 date of the series only one variety is available.

Viewing the value chart with a focus on the mint state grade, values indicate many of the 1955 mintage was saved at the time before entering circulation. These coins today are not overly expensive. Advanced collections of Franklin halves obtain high quality pieces without a high cost.

The value chart is also indicating few were saved once entering circulation. Premiums in the lightly circulated grades point to the majority of 1955 halves entering circulation, stayed and became moderately to heavily worn. Here is where the true scarcity of "lowest mintage" begins to show on value charts. Demand for nice, eye pleasing 1955 half dollars just below the premium mint state grade is strong compared to supply.

Two High Quality 1955 Franklin Half Dollars

Numbers of new and beginning collectors seeking affordable lightly circulated example 1955 halves are noting difficulty in finding quality coins, and once found, require an added premium to obtain.

All 1955 halves are special; they are the "lowest mintage of series." Additionally, they have become a challenge to find in pleasing collector grades. All have a strong base in silver value, each is a 90% silver alloy. Examine these special coins closely.

References

U.S. Mint. 1956 U.S. Mint Annual Report https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/345
U.S. Mint. 1955 U.S. Mint Annual Report https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/344

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