The Franklin Half Dollar was struck from 1948-1963. It shows a portrait of Benjamin Franklin on the obverse. The reverse features Liberty Bell and a small eagle in order to fulfill the requirement that all half dollars depict an eagle! These half dollars were struck in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco in 90% silver with a reeded edge.
The "doubled die" is shown as overlapping feathers on the eagle, as well as the bell hanger and striker, and on the motto. The edges of the motto lettering are dented in at an angle. This is one of the earliest doubled dies identified by numismatists. This popular variety of error was originally called a "Medium Relief" by Frank Spadone in the 1960s, before it was renamed as a doubled die. Only 47 of this error have been identified by PCGS, with only four receiving a higher grade by PCGS! This is a scarce error of an ever popular coin!
- Only 47 exist!
- PCGS has only given 4 a higher grade
- Extraordinarily rare Double Die error