1960 Franklin Half-Dollar PCGS MS 64 FBL (Full Bell Lines)

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  • Sold Date: May 07, 2013
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1960 Franklin Half-Dollar PCGS MS 64 FBL

This coin is graded from PCGS as a MS 64 FBL

FBL; No major disturbances of these two lines including cuts, marks, planchet imperfections, or striking deficiencies are allowed if they obfuscate the “valley” that separates the two lines.

The Franklin half dollar is a coin that was struck by the United States Mint from 1948 to 1963. The fifty-cent piece pictures Founding Father Benjamin Franklin on the obverse and the Liberty Bell on the reverse. A small eagle was placed to the right of the bell to fulfill the legal requirement that half dollars depict the figure of an eagle. Produced in 90 percent silver with a reeded edge , the coin was struck at the Philadelphia , Denver , and San Francisco mints.

Mint director Nellie Tayloe Ross had long admired Franklin, and wanted him to be depicted on a coin. In 1947, she instructed the Mint's chief engraver, John R. Sinnock , to prepare designs for a Franklin half dollar. Sinnock's designs were based on his earlier work, but he died before their completion. The designs were completed by Sinnock's successor, Gilroy Roberts . The Mint submitted the new designs to the Commission of Fine Arts for its advisory opinion. The Commission disliked the small eagle and felt that depicting the crack in the Liberty Bell would expose the coinage
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