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The Franklin Half Dollar was minted from 1948 to 1963 and was heavily produced by the top 3 mints. On the obverse, an astute Benjamin Franklin is pictured, with the date of mintage right under his chin. The reverse contains the infamously cracked Liberty Bell with the coin's legal tender value. The Mint Engraver, John R. Sinnock, designed a dime, right before World War II, that never was produced and wouldn't be taken out until the new Franklin Half Dollar would be released. The Franklin Half Dollar was minted from 1948-1963, with pretty heft mintages each year. Although Franklin himself despised portraits on US coins, the Mint Director promised he was only referring to royalty portraits and he would be honored to be featured on the coin. Franklin has been quoted saying he would rather a proverb be featured so collectors can have something to ponder while holding the coin.
Along with disagreeing with portraits on coins, Franklin also disagreed with the Bald Eagle being the national bird. He claimed among numismatist lore, that the eagle was only viewed as a scavenger. Being the logical man he was, Franklin offered the wild turkey to stand as the nation's brave bird. Obviously, he didn't get too far with that idea and the eagle accompanies the Liberty Bell on the reverse of every Franklin Half Dollar. Benjamin Franklin, distinctly recognizable, is featured prominently on the obverse, with the coin's date of mintage also present. The 1949 Franklin Half Dollar is in circulated condition, ranging anywhere from good to AU. Since Franklins don't usually carry too high of a numismatic value, collectors don't care if the coin is circulated or not. After all, Franklins are mainly wanted because of their 90% silver content.