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Please help inform me on this 1961 franklin half dollar.

Hello and thank on any help or advice you great people of coin collecting can offer me.

I personally bag hunt or album collect but this coin is giving me a headache now. I purchased a small hoard of coins which have been sorted, graded and put in holders like the pictures, but feel the person grading the coin might have been abit misinformed on there grading.

The grade the person gave this Franklin half is MS and a FBL to which I feel is abit of a one in a million chance of obtaining today in it condition.

Please feel free to advise if I should slab this coin with a grading company

Many thanks.

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  • jmlanzafjmlanzaf Posts: 31,311 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Need better pictures. But it does not look exceptional. The bell lines do not appear full but the photos also make it look like an impaired proof.

  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 23,856 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The coin appears to be a 1961 Proof Franklin Half. These were produced in very large numbers. It is worth little more than melt value and is not worth slabbing.

    All glory is fleeting.
  • JBKJBK Posts: 14,534 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 2, 2024 8:11AM Answer ✓

    @Bbout said:
    lol I've pulled the coin from the holder and it just look even more shiny and proof like then what it did in the holder.

    Something is getting lost in translation here.

    The coin looks "proof like" because it is a proof coin..

    It is not an MS proof-like coin.

  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,613 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It's not mint state and it's not a business strike and it's not prooflike. It's a proof coin and is worth a few dollars. The holder is marked incorrectly.

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  • Thanks for your answer jmlanzaf and 291fifth I will dig the coin out again and take it from its holder as the plastic gives its that extra proof shine. But saying that the small Eagle looks to perfect for a MS grade rather then proof.

  • lol I've pulled the coin from the holder and it just look even more shiny and proof like then what it did in the holder.

    Much appreciated

  • MarkKelleyMarkKelley Posts: 1,740 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It's a Proof in which case full lines are expected.

  • Yes, thanks all that have gave me a better understanding and knowledge from the question you guys have answered.

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