- Year: 1961
- Mint Mark: No mint mark
- Type: Ben Franklin Half Dollar
- Price: $12.00-$180.00
- Face Value: 0.50 USD
- Produced: 8,290,000
- Edge: Reeded
- Silver Content: 90%
- Silver Weight: .3617 oz.
- Melt Value: $7.52
Notes: There are 3 million proofs issued this year. Of those 3 million there are an unknown number of "Double Die" proofs. The proofs themselves regularly sell for around $22 while the Double Die error proofs sell for somewhere between $1,100 and $1,250 each. The rare FBL (Full Bell Line) versions of the Franklin Half Dollar are worth between $100 and $6,000 depending upon overall grade and quality of bell lines. Making these one of the most expensive in the series.
How much is a 1961 Ben Franklin Half Dollar worth?
This section is more of a layman's guide, for those new to collecting.
In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around $12.00, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $180 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say Average Circulated, we mean in a similar condition to other coins circulated in 1961, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].
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Are 1961 Ben Franklin Half Dollars Silver?
Yes! Ben Franklin Half Dollar's produced in 1961 are 90% silver to be precise, and contain .3617 troy oz or 11.25 grams in total of .999 pure silver. Silver weight is measured in troy ounces. Troy ounces weigh about 2 grams more than the standard ounce. CoinTrackers has built a tool that will let you know if your coin is silver or not. The tool is called Is My Coin Silver?.
Numismatic vs Intrinsic Value:
This coin in poor condition is still worth $4.48 more than the intrinsic value from silver content of $7.52, this coin is thus more valuable to a collector than to a silver bug. Coins worth more to a collectors may be a better long term investment. If the metal prices drop you will still have a coin that a numismatic would want to buy.
Current silver melt value* for a 1962 Franklin Half is $7.52 and this price is based off the current silver spot price of $20.80 This value is dynamic so bookmark it and comeback for an up to the minute silver melt value.
***Price subject to standard supply and demand laws, dealer premiums, and other market variations. Prices represent past values fetched at online auctions, estate sales, certified coins being sold by dealers, and user submitted values. While we wholeheartedly try to give honest price estimates there are many factors besides appearance, metal content, and rarity that help make up the coins overall value. Call or visit your local coin dealer for more information.
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