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21 Apr 2018

1955 Bugs Bunny

Coins | Longstrider

The other day I was ordering a coin from an online dealer, when I needed to buy something else to get free shipping. A sad state of affairs that forced me to buy another coin. Now I have never been a huge fan of the Franklin Half dollar but being a VAM guy for Morgan and Peace dollars, I always admired the "Bugs Bunny" Franklin half. Since the store had a sale on them I went ahead and ordered one. I received my free shipping and then something I wasn't expecting happened. When my order arrived, after admiring my first choice item, I checked out my Franklin. This series of coins are beautiful. Mine, as you can see below, is a MS 63 FBL. That is a respectable grade and the FBL stands for "Full Bell Lines". That means the coin has such a well defined strike, not that common in Franklins, that the lines in our Liberty Bell are visible. Similar to "Full Split Bands" on Mercury dimes. The "Bugs Bunny" effect is a result of the dies clashing together. A die clash is when there is no planchet between the dies when they come together. In this case the clash resulted in details from the reverse die ending up on the obverse. It gives old Ben a buck tooth effect resulting in the bugs Bunny nickname. This is a type of VAM. One really has to hold the coin at just the right angle to see it but it is there. The problem I have is I now feel the need to start collecting this series. Just what I needed. Another way to spend my money. I am old enough to remember using Franklin Halves and getting them in change. It's a nice big silver coin that feels like a million bucks in a kids pocket. I do miss the half dollar being used in our circulating coins. Briefly, the Franklin half dollar was minted from 1948-1963. The coins are all 90% silver weighing 12.50 grams and having a diameter of 30.6 mm.. The coin was designed by John R. Sinnock. The only thing I find disappointing is the sad little eagle on the reverse. Just my opinion. I could be wrong. In closing be careful what you buy to save on shipping. You might open up a whole new realm of collecting. Is that bad??? I hope you enjoyed this blog and photos. Please feel free to comment. Thanks for looking.

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