Certified Franklin Half Dollar 1959 MS65 NGC

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    1959, the Philadelphia Mint produced a lower number of Franklin Halves, compared to the multi million mintages of other dates. The Certified Franklin Half Dollar 1959 MS65 NGC is a beautifully certified piece that can make the most thoughtful gift to any coin collector. MS65 is considered to be on the higher end of the BU grading scale for the Franklins, MS66 being the ideal grade. NGC is a topnotch grading company any collector feels good about, with their sleep packaging and impeccable grading methods.

    In the 1940's, the Mint Director, Nellie Tayloe Ross, was legally allowed to change the design of the half dollar, since the Walking Liberty had been in circulation for over 25 years. Ross greatly admired Franklin but was also aware of his distaste for portraits on US currency. Franklin once thought US coins should contain Proverbs, so the coin holder would have something to contemplate while looking upon the coin. Ross approached Mint Engraver, John R. Sinnock, the create a design of the Founding Father. At the turn of World War II, Sinnock had designed a commemorative of Franklin, which was never used. This previous design was used to help design the Franklin Half Dollar. Benjamin Franklin is a key leader in American history and mostly known for his technological advances when it came to electricity and the modern home. But this Founding Father was a jack of all trades and a scientist was only one of them. Franklin was also a renowned polymath, author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. His accomplishments earned him a lot of public attention but it wouldn't be until well after his death a Mint Director would want his portrait on US coinage.

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    • Year: 1959
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