1952 Franklin Half Dollar
The 1952 Half Dollar was minted in two forms, those from the Franklin Half Dollar category and those from the Silver Commemorative Washington Carver-Booker T. Washington Half Dollar category. Both versions of this 1952 issue Half Dollar have long been some of the most sought coins by collectors and investors, with the collection of these coins rising heavily starting in 1965, just over a decade after minting. We will focus on the 1952 Benjamin Franklin Half dollar for this writeup.
Throughout the 15 year issuance of the Franklin Half Dollar, the US mint produced them with a large silver composition, as was common, which, as the price of silver increased, induced collectors and investors to seek-out these Half Dollars, particularly following the passage of the Coinage Act of 1965.
As of now, the 1952 Franklin Half Dollar is desired by collectors due to the coin’s uniqueness. Although the coin is more highly valued by investors over its face value due to the metal composition, the coin is valued much higher by collectors, moreover than the silver content