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What is the value of a 1951 US half dollar?

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10/25/2011

All Franklin half dollars were made of 90% silver, but 1951 is not a rare year. In lower grades the coin's value is mostly determined by the value of the silver it contains, about 0.36 times the current price of an ounce of silver.

Look on the back of the coin to see if there's a small mint mark letter just above the Liberty Bell. It may be blank or there may be a D or S.

Numismedia lists the following approximate retail values as of 10/2011:

No mint mark (Philadelphia):

Almost no wear - $18.60

Uncirculated - $19.20 to $2340.00 depending on quality

"D" mint mark (Denver):

Almost no wear - $19.10

Uncirculated - $26.40 to $1200.00

"S" mint mark (San Francisco):

Almost no wear - $19.10

Uncirculated - $26.40 to $1920.00

DISCLAIMER: The retail values quoted are the best available as of the date shown, but may vary significantly due to changes in the precious metals market. Also the wholesale (buying) price of a coin will be less than the selling (retail) price. A reputable coin dealer will be able to give a more accurate valuation based on inspection of the coin.

View the links below for full statistics and other values of the coin for different conditions.