U.S. Franklin Silver Half Dollar 1963-P Brilliant Uncirculated
|Item Number: 16959|
|When I inherited my first car from my grandmother I never expected to find a 1963 Franklin half dollar wedged into the ash tray. I was a teenager at the time and had no idea what kind of story this unfamiliar coin had to tell. |
JFK's assassination in 1963 had unexpectedly ended minting of the Franklin series, so the U.S. Mint could prepared a new coin tribute to one of America's most-loved presidents. The Franklin half was originally expected to have another 10 years of production, so few were saved as no one realized that they would be the last of their kind.
The Franklin half dollar has its own story to tell, of course. Benjamin Franklin was a founding father, who instilled future generations of Americans with the ideas of freedom and liberty. More than two hundred years after his death, his name still carries huge cultural significance, as I can only imagine John F. Kennedy's will in the next two hundred years.
These Franklin half dollars are interesting and unique coins and they'll only get harder to find each year.