Franklin Half Dollar Junk Silver Coin

The Franklin Half Dollar was the first U.S. circulating coin released without a president or symbol on the front. Instead, this coin features American founding father Benjamin Franklin. Continue reading to learn more about these unique silver bullion coins and how you can invest.


Front / Obverse

The front side of the Franklin Half Dollar shows a portrait of Benjamin Franklin himself. Franklin played a major role in American history and was a famous inventor and statesman. This is the first U.S. circulating coin to feature a person who was never a U.S. President.
Designer: John Sinnock

Rear / Reverse

The back side of the Franklin Half Dollar features the famous Liberty Bell, which is now held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To the right of the Bell is a small eagle, and on the left are the words “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
Designer: John Sinnock



Franklin Half Dollars were first minted in 1948. They were considered legal tender at the time, and this meant that they could be used to buy anything within US territory. These coins stopped being produced in 1963 after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, when the new Kennedy Half Dollars were released. In the 15 years during which the Franklin Half Dollar was minted, around 500 million coins were produced in total.