The Franklin Half Dollar, minted from 1948 to 1963, was the final coin designed by John R. Sinnock before his death. This proof struck example was minted in 1957 and is graded Proof 67 by NGC. Of the 1,247,000 Proof Franklins struck in 1957 only about 13,000 have been graded PF67. The Franklin Half Dollar is the first regularly issued coin in the United States to depict a non-president. Mint Director, Nellie Tayloe Ross, had to choose whether Franklin would be depicted on the half dollar or on the cent. Although inclined to put Franklin on the cent due to his famous adage "a penny saved is a penny earned," Ross felt it disrespectful to replace President Lincoln`s image on the cent and decided on the half dollar. Along with your stunning Franklin Half Dollar, you will also receive a complimentary soft cover, third edition copy of Rick Tomaska`s A Guide Book of Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars.