1948 – 1963 Franklin Half Dollar

Franklin HalfObverse
The obverse of the Franklin half dollar.

Diameter30.61 mm
Obverse DesignBenjamin Franklin, author, inventor, philosopher and one of the Founding Fathers
Reverse DesignLiberty Bell and a small eagle
Coin Mass12.5 grams
Composition90% silver 10% copper
Silver Mass11.25 grams
DesignerJohn R. Sinnock
Mint MarksD-Denver; S-San Francisco; none - Philadelphia. Located on reverse above center of the bell
NotesThe coin was struck during the cold war. Critics accused the mint of giving tribute to Joseph Stalin by including the initials JRS near Franklin's collar. JRS are the initials of the designer.