Mint error collectors will surely take notice of a fantastic double struck 1959-D Franklin half dollar coming up for auction in our Baltimore Spring Expo Auction. Of special note is the large spread between the strikings. After being struck once, the coin failed to eject properly and was subsequently struck again 55% off center to 6:00 in a nearly parallel fashion. The result is visually striking with Franklin’s head and nose nearly fully replicated below on the obverse while the reverse shows about 1/3 of the Liberty Bell replicated above the original striking. The date and mintmark remain bold despite being partially flattened after the second strike, and the legends are enjoyable to decipher, considering where some portions of the design have been obliterated and others are merely flattened.
The surfaces are pleasingly original with a classic antique silver patina. It is clear this coin spent just a brief time in circulation before being saved, as just a touch of light wear is present. As a class, errors that feature an off-center second strike over a centered strike are highly desirable for their eye appeal and dramatic nature. As a large example of the error type, this coin will be especially appealing to collectors. Don’t miss the opportunity to bid on this half dollar and other important coins and paper money at the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo February 27-March 2, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. We hope to see you there!
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