We are pleased to offer for sale this 1955 Franklin "Bugs Bunny" Silver Half Dollar Brilliant Uncirculated . This rare variety is called a "Bugs" or "Bugs Bunny" because the die error makes it look to some like Franklin has buck teeth. This error was caused by a die clash between an obverse and reverse die. The impact of the eagle's wings on the obverse die caused a marking on Franklin's top lip. This 1955 Franklin is also a KEY DATE coin of the series. The rare die error makes this coin even more valuable! The Franklin Silver Half Dollar is in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition, with nice eye appeal and no major marks or visible problems. These coins usually grade MS-63 or MS-64, making them a great value at this price.
The 1955 Franklin Silver Half Dollar is comprised of .900 (90%) silver and .100 (10%) copper with a mass of 12.5 grams and a diameter of 30.6mm with a reeded edge. The Franklin Silver Half Dollar contains .36169 troy ounces of pure silver. Designed by John R. Sinnock, the Franklin Silver Half Dollar caused some controversy when it was released, because some people came to believe that the inclusion of the letters JRS on the coin was a tribute by a communist infiltrator to Joseph Stalin. The less dramatic truth is that the letters JRS inscribed on the cutoff at Franklin's shoulder were merely the initials of the engraver John Sinnock.
The 1955 Franklin Silver Half Dollar was created at the behest of Mint Director Nellie Tayloe Ross, a long time admirer of Benjamin Franklin who wished to see him honored on a coin. Sinnock designed the obverse of the Franklin Silver Half Dollar based on a bust of Franklin by Jean-Antoine Houdon, with the obverse featuring the Liberty Bell, a symbol of American freedom as well as Franklin's home of Philadelphia.
The 1955 Franklin "Bugs Bunny" Silver Half Dollar in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition is a beautiful coin, perfect for display in an album, and a great value!