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Because the number of Franklin Half Dollar RPM varieties is not excessive, they will all be illustrated on this single page.  If the list should ever expand significantly, the varieties will be assigned to pages based on their date and mint mark as is done with other denominations and series.

1948-D 50¢ WRPM-001

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse Stage A: WDDO-001.  A Class II spread toward the center shows on LIBERTY.  An extremely close spread toward the center shows on IGWT and the date.  Die scratch south from the tip of the nose.  Obverse Stage B: Stage A die scratches abraded away.  No other prominent die markers.  Reverse Stage A: Series of NNE/SSW and NE/SW die scratches between the E of EPU and the right dot.  Two E/W die scratches under the D of UNITED which link together on the right.  Reverse Stage B: Stage A die scratches are very weak.

Submitted By:  Stage A: George Wilkinson, Stage B: Brett Parrish

Cross References:  None known








1948-D 50¢ WRPM-002

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  WDDO-002.  A Class II spread toward the center increases in strength to the right, shows doubling on BER of LIBERTY and IGWT.  Tripling shows on the TY of LIBERTY and the top of the head.  Light NE/SW die scratch between the head and the E of LIBERTY.  Small die gouge in the field east and below center of the Y in LIBERTY.  Reverse:  Very short die gouge to the left and slightly below center of the bell hanger.  N/S die gouge in the field approximately centered between the H and A of HALF.

Submitted By:  Brian Ostro

Cross References:  None known








1948-D 50¢ WRPM-003

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  None visible.  Reverse:  WDDR-001.  A Class II spread toward the center shows on EPU and the dots.  Strongest doubling shows on UNUM.  Small die gouge on the upper center of the right diagonal bar of the M in UNUM.

Submitted By:  David Mulberry

Cross References:  None known








1948-D 50¢ WRPM-004

Description:  D/D/D Tilted & Tilted (Rotated & Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Strong die gouge at the upper right inside of the S in TRUST.  Reverse:  Light N/S die scratch to the right and slightly above center of the I in UNITED.

Submitted By:  David Mulberry

Cross References:  None known








1949-D 50¢ WRPM-001

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Series of N/S die scratches on the back of the neck in a relative position below the ear.  Reverse:  NNE/SSW die scratch connecting the left lower side of the mint mark to the left center bell knot.  Die scratch NNE from the right center bell knot.

Submitted By:  David Mulberry

Cross References:  None known






1949-D 50¢ WRPM-002

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Die scratches NE from the nose.  Reverse:  NE/SW die scratches on the left side of the mint mark.  ENE/WSW die scratch between the upper left side of the E in UNITED and the rim.  NE/SW die scratches between the E of EPU and the left bell hanger.

Submitted By:  David Mulberry

Cross References:  None known








1949-S 50¢ WRPM-001

Description:  S/S West

Die Markers:  Obverse:  No prominent die markers.  Reverse:  Die gouge centered on the M of UNUM.

Submitted By:  John Bordner

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #1






1949-S 50¢ WRPM-002           “Best Of” Variety

Description:  S/S South

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Die scratch south from right center of the 4 in the date.  Die scratches NNE from the right side of the bust.  Reverse:  About N/S die scratches between the bell and the OL of DOLLAR.  Die scratch south from lower center of the eagle’s tail feathers.

Submitted By:  David Mulberry

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #2, Cherrypickers: FS-50-1949S-501 (011.3)








1949-S 50¢ WRPM-003

Description:  S/S/S East & West

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Die gouge on the upper left of the E, R and T of LIBERTY.  Reverse:  Between the lower area of the second U and the M in UNUM is a die scratch running south by east.

Submitted By:  Tony Russo

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #3








1949-S 50¢ WRPM-004

Description:  S/S West

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Fine die scratches in the field mostly N/S.  Reverse:  Fine die scratches in the field mostly N/S, strong at the E of EPU, the right side of the eagle and near the mint mark.

Submitted By:  Brett Parrish

Cross References:  None known








1950-D 50¢ WRPM-001

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse Stage A: South by east die scratch from the upper lip.  About N by W/S by E die scratches at the throat.  Obverse Stage B: Stage A die scratches abraded away.  E/W die crack on the coat above the bust.  Reverse Stage A: E/W die scratches at the top of the bell and bell hanger on the left side.  Reverse Stage B: Stage A die scratches still present.

Submitted By:  Tony Russo

Cross References:  None known








1950-D 50¢ WRPM-002

Description: D/D South

Die Markers:  Obverse:  A small die gouge can be found to the right of the lower B in LIBERTY.  A horizontal die scratch can be found below the E of LIBERTY.  A long die scratch runs north to south to the left of the 1.  Reverse:  WDDR-003.  Extra thickness with some separation shows on USA, the dots, HALF DOLLAR, and EPU.  A spread to the east shows on the eagle and the bell clapper.  A diagonal die gouge can be found above the E in EPU.  A die scratch runs SE from the M of UNUM.  A die gouge can be found between the upper E and S of STATES.  A die gouge can be found inside the lower 2nd S of STATES.  A die gouge can be found inside the O in OF.

Submitted By:  Tony Russo

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #2








1951-D 50¢ WRPM-001

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse Stage A: Die gouge (dot) on the lower area of the nose.  Obverse Stage B: Die gouge on the nose is weaker.  N by W/S by E die gouge at the rim centered between IN GOD.  Reverse Stage A: Die gouge NNE from the right upper side of the F in HALF.  N/S die scratch between the upper area of the O and first L of DOLLAR.  Small die gouge (dot) right of the upper area of the inner bell hanger knot.  Reverse Stage B: Stage A markers abraded away except for a weak gouge at the knot.

Submitted By:  David Mulberry

Cross References:  None known








1951-D 50¢ WRPM-002

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Weak die crack on the bust above the designer’s initials.  Reverse:  Very weak N/S die scratch below the second U of UNUM.

Submitted By:  David Mulberry

Cross References:  None known








1951-S 50¢ WRPM-001

Description:  S/S East

Die Markers:  Obverse Stage A:  N/S die scratches to right of nose and lips. NNE/SSE die scratches through date.  Obverse Stage B: All stage A die scratches abraded away.  Reverse Stage A: Parallel die scratches SSE from bottom left of M in UNUM.  Die scratches south from bottom left side of bell holder.  Die scratches north from top of right wing.  Die scratch NW from left side of F in HALF.  Reverse Stage B: Only minute remnants of the die scratches at the M of UNUM and above the eagle’s right wing remain.  Gouges above the upper left side of the D in DOLLAR and the lower left side of the O in DOLLAR.

Submitted By:  Stage A: John Bordner, Stage B: Tony Russo

Cross References:  None known








1951-S 50¢ WRPM-002

Description:  S/S East

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Light SW/NE die scratches above WE.  Reverse: A short die gouge runs WNW from the lower left of the U in UNITED.  A small die gouge (dot) can be found inside the lower 2nd U in PLURIBUS.  A small die gouge (dot) can be found below the eagle.  A die crack runs through the upper RIC in AMERICA.

Submitted By:  John Bordner

Cross References:  None known








1951-S 50¢ WRPM-003          “Best Of” Variety

Description:  S/S South

Die Markers:  Obverse:  None noted.  Reverse:  None noted.

Submitted By:  John A. Wexler

Cross References:  None known




1951-S 50¢ WRPM-004

Description:  S/S Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  None noted.  Reverse:  NNW/SSE die scratch below the left side of the M in UNUM.  SSW/NNE die scratch to the right of the lower bell.

Submitted By:  John Bordner

Cross References:  None known

Comments:  Doubling at the bottom of the mint mark is mechanical doubling.  The RPM is best seen on the upper serif.








1951-S 50¢ WRPM-005

Description:  S/S Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  None noted.  Reverse:  Die scratch south from the bottom left side of the M in UNUM.

Submitted By:  John Bordner

Cross References:  None known






1951-S 50¢ WRPM-006          “Best Of” Variety

Description:  S/S South

Die Markers:  Obverse:  SW/NE die scratches to right of chin.  SW/NE die scratch in hair on lower back of the head.  Reverse:  WNW/ESE die scratches to the left of the mint mark.

Submitted By:  John Bordner

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #1, Cherrypickers: FS-50-1951S-501




1951-S 50¢ WRPM-007

Description:  S/S South

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Numerous SSW/NNE die scratches to the left and right of the head.  Reverse:  Numerous N/S die scratches run through the eagle’s right wing.  A die gouge can be found above the R in DOLLAR.

Submitted By:  John Bordner

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #2








1951-S 50¢ WRPM-008

Description:  S/S West

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Short die scratch WNW from the back of the bust.  Reverse:  N/S die scratch from the upper left of the M in UNUM and the lower center of the B in PLURIBUS.  Lighter die scratches at the right side of EPU.

Submitted By:  David Mulberry

Cross References:  None known








1951-S 50¢ WRPM-009          “Best Of” Variety

Description:  S/S West

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Die gouge below the lower left side of the last 1 in the date.  Reverse:  Light E/W die scratch connecting the bottom of the L and first U of PLURIBUS.  Die gouge (dot) at the upper left side of the D in DOLLAR.

Submitted By:  David Mulberry

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #3








1951-S 50¢ WRPM-010

Description:  S/S West

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Small die gouge (dot) above the 9 in the date.  Reverse:  Small die gouges (dots) below the right leg of the A in STATES.

Submitted By:  Jeff Longeuay

Cross References:  None known








1951-S 50¢ WRPM-011

Description:  S/S/S West & West

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Weak die gouge in the field centered below the second 1 in the date.  Reverse:  Die gouge inside the last A in AMERICA at left center.

Submitted By:  Tony Russo

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #6








1951-S 50¢ WRPM-012

Description:  S/S South

Die Markers:  Obverse:  No prominent die markers.  Reverse:  No prominent die markers.

Submitted By:  Tony Russo

Cross References:  None known




1952-D 50¢ WRPM-001

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  No prominent die markers.  Reverse:  Die scratches N by E from the upper center of the B in PLURIBUS to the left bell hanger.

Submitted By:  John Bordner

Cross References:  None known






1952-D 50¢ WRPM-002

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  None visible.  Reverse:  None visible.

Submitted By:  Bill Fivaz

Cross References:  None known






1952-D 50¢ WRPM-003

Description:  D/D South

Die Markers:  Obverse Stage A: Die gouge centered between the W and E of WE.  Die scratch above the left side of the W in WE.  Obverse Stage B: Die gouge between WE is weaker.  Die scratch above the W in WE is abraded away.  Reverse Stage A: Die scratches NE from the upper right side of the E in EPU running to the left bell hanger.  Reverse Stage B: Secondary mint mark is stronger.  Only weak remnants of the die scratch from the E of EPU remain.

Submitted By:  Stage A: Anthony Dalton, Stage B: Brett Parrish

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #2








1952-D 50¢ WRPM-004

Description: D/D/D Tilted (Rotated) & Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  N/S die scratch centered inside the O of GOD.  Reverse:  NNE/SSW die scratches through the B of PLURIBUS.

Submitted By:  David Mulberry

Cross References:  None known








1952-D 50¢ WRPM-005

Description: D/D/D Tilted (Rotated) & Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  No prominent die markers.  Reverse:  Die scratch from the rim at 6:15 running NNE through the bell clapper and to the bell.  SW/NE die scratch to the left of the eagle.  Die scratch southwest from the left side of the eagle’s tail feathers to the bell.

Submitted By:  Tony Russo

Cross References:  None known








1952-S 50¢ WRPM-001

Description:  S/S Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  N/S die scratch in front of the lips and nearly to the nose.  NNW/SSE die scratch below the eyelid.  Reverse:  Die gouge below the left side of the U in UNUM.

Submitted By:  Paul Unger

Cross References:  None known

Comments:  The most prominent doubling is mechanical doubling.








1952-S 50¢ WRPM-002          “Best Of” Variety

Description:  S/S/S East & West

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Die gouge (dot) in the field right of the lower forehead.  Reverse:  Die gouge (dot) in the field near center of the right side of the H in HALF.

Submitted By:  Tony Russo

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #1, Crawford: CRPM-001








1952-S 50¢ WRPM-003

Description:  S/S West

Die Markers:  Obverse:  No prominent die markers.  Reverse:  No prominent die markers.

Submitted By:  Brett Parrish

Cross References:  None known




1954-D 50¢ WRPM-001          "Best Of" Variety

Description:  D/D South

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Light slightly curving NNE/SSW die scratch in the field slightly above center behind the head.  Reverse:  N/S die scratch in the field centered at the right curve of the first S in STATES.  Light die scratch south from the left leg of the A in STATES.

Submitted By:  John Bordner

Cross References:  None known






1954-D 50¢ WRPM-002

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Short N/S die scratches in the field between the T and R of TRUST and located below center and at the bottom when viewing.  Light NNW die scratches along the back of the head.  Reverse:  Light N/S die scratches at the mint mark area.  NW/SE die scratches between the bottom of the eagle and the right lower area of the bell.  Strong NW/SE die scratch through the left lower area of the right bell hanger.  ESE die scratches from the last S in STATES running through the O and connecting the F in OF.

Submitted By:  Ben Peters

Cross References:  None known








1954-D 50¢ WRPM-003

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  No prominent die markers.  Reverse:  No prominent die markers.

Submitted By:  Tony Russo

Cross References:  None known




1957-D 50¢ WRPM-001

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse Stage A:  None noted.  Obverse Stage B: All stage A die markers abraded away.  Die scratch curving south from the lower left of the L in LIBERTY running to the head.  Die scratch SE from the bottom of the 9 in the date.  Reverse Stage A:  None noted.  Stage B: Stage A die scratches abraded away except a weak scratch at the ED of UNITED and the right bell hanger.  Die clash at the B of PLURIBUS and the M of UNUM. Long die scratch NW from the top of the A in DOLLAR.  Lighter NW/SE die scratches above the A in DOLLAR.  Long NNE/SSW die scratch through the right side of the F in HALF.  Lighter NNE and NE die scratches above the F in HALF.  Curving ESE/WNW through the upper curve of the first S in STATES.

Submitted By:  Stage A: John Bordner, Stage B: Jeff Longeuay

Cross References:  None known








1957-D 50¢ WRPM-002

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  None noted.  Reverse:  None noted.

Submitted By:  John Bordner

Cross References:  None known




1957-D 50¢ WRPM-003

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse Stage A:  Die scratch ENE from the upper right of the fist T in TRUST to the bust.  Obverse Stage B: Large die break connecting the R of TRUST to the front of the bust.  Reverse Stage A: Die gouge centered at the top of the bell hanger below the mint mark.  Die gouge NE of the upper right bell hanger knot.  Die scratch NNW from the upper right bell hanger knot.  Reverse Stage B:  Heavy N/S die break on the eagle’s breast.

Submitted By:  Stage A: Nicholas Bitetto, Stage B: David Mulberry

Cross References:  None known








1958-D 50¢ WRPM-001          “Best Of” Variety

Description:  D/D Northeast

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Parallel die scratches run ENE from Franklin’s throat.  Reverse:  A short die scratch runs NNE from the top of the I in PLURIBUS.

Submitted By:  John A. Wexler

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #1

Comments:  Mechanical doubling showed on the bottom of the mint mark of the specimen examined.








1960-D 50¢ WRPM-001

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Two E/W die scratches centered inside the right opening of the W in WE.  NNE/SSW die scratches above the right side of the W in WE.  Reverse:  Die scratches SW from the second U and the M of UNUM.  Slightly curving N/S die scratch between the eagle and the bell.

Submitted By:  David Mulberry

Cross References:  None known








1960-D 50¢ WRPM-002

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse Stage A:  Weak die scratch east from right center of the I in LIBERTY.  Obverse Stage B:  Stage A scratch still present.  Reverse Stage A:  Series of die gouges in the field below the left side of the first U in UNUM.  Reverse Stage B:  Short N/S die scratch inside the D of UNITED at the lower right area.  NE/SW die scratch at the upper right side of the second L in DOLLAR.

Submitted By:  David Mulberry

Cross References:  None known

Comments:  Strong mechanical doubling shows on the upper and right side of the mint mark.








1960-D 50¢ WRPM-003          “Best Of” Variety

Description: D/D East

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Short die scratch east from the upper right of the R in TRUST.  Reverse:  E/W die scratches connecting the letters of UNITED at the top.  Die scratches SSW from the left underside of the horizontal bar of the first T in STATES.  Die gouge (dot) below the center of the eagle.

Submitted By:  Brett Parrish

Cross References:  None known








1961-D 50¢ WRPM-001          “Best Of” Variety

Description: D/D Southeast

Die Markers:  Obverse:  None significant.  Reverse:  SSW/NNE die scratch to the right of the mint mark.  A short die gouge SW from the left side of the mint mark.  Small die gouge inside the lower N of UNITED.

Submitted By:  John A. Wexler

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #1

Comments:  This variety has been found in mint sets for this year.






1961-D 50¢ WRPM-002

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  A WNW/ESE die scratch above GOD.  Reverse:  Short die gouge between the lower N and I in UNITED.  Die scratches run NW from the eagle’s head and the top of the eagle’s left wing.

Submitted By:  John Bordner

Cross References:  None known








1961-D 50¢ WRPM-003

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Die crack on the center of the bottom of the bust.  Reverse:  Fine NE/SW die in the field with a stronger scratch from the right side of the upper bell lines.

Submitted By:  Brett Parrish

Cross References:  None known








1962 50¢ Proof          Possible Misplaced Mint Mark

Description:  While this isn't an RPM variety, it is extremely interesting.  It looks like a D mint mark was punched into the upper right side of the bell to the right of the letter W in STOW.

Cross References:  Cherrypickers: FS-50-1962-901

Comments:  Photos courtesy of Ken Potter.






1962-D 50¢ WRPM-001          “Best Of” Variety

Description:  D/D/D East & West

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Short, vertical die gouge to the right of the top of the D in GOD.  Die crack runs along the base of the bust.  Reverse:  None significant.

Submitted By:  John A. Wexler

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #1






1962-D 50¢ WRPM-002          “Best Of” Variety

Description:  D/D/D West & Northeast

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Numerous light, vertical die scratches to the left of the upper head.  Reverse:  SW/NE die scratch between lower D in UNITED and lower first S in STATES.

Submitted By:  John A. Wexler

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #2

Comments:  A partial punch to the West is visible to the left of the bottom of the primary mint mark.






1962-D 50¢ WRPM-003

Description:  D/D East

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Small die gouge below the I in LIBERTY.  Reverse: Short die gouges through upper UNI in UNITED.  Small die gouge to the right of the bottom of the right dot.

Submitted By:  John A. Wexler

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #3








1963-D 50¢ WRPM-001          “Best Of” Variety

Description: D/D South

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Numerous N/S die scratches to left of the head.  Parallel die scratches ENE from D in GOD.  Reverse:  Short die gouge east from the bottom of the D in DOLLAR.

Submitted By:  Lou Coles

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #2








1963-D 50¢ WRPM-002

Description: D/D South

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Numerous N/S die scratches to right of the head.  Reverse:  None noted.

Submitted By:  John Bordner

Cross References:  CONECA: RPM #1






1963-D 50¢ WRPM-003

Description:  D/D Tilted (Rotated)

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Die scratches SW from the L in LIBERTY.  Reverse: Die gouge touches the right side of the left leg of the M in AMERICA.

Submitted By:  John Bordner

Cross References:  None known








1963-D 50¢ WRPM-004          “Best Of” Variety

Description:  D/D West

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Short N/S die scratch between the lower area of the R and U of TRUST.  Reverse:  ENE/WSW die scratches through the mint mark.  Light die scratch NE from the right inner bell hanger knot to the last S in STATES.

Submitted By:  John Bordner

Cross References:  None known








1963-D 50¢ WRPM-005

Description: D/D East

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Die scratches WSW from the upper T in LIBERTY.  Reverse:  Small die gouge below and between the U and N in UNITED.  Short WNW/ESE die scratch below the S in PLURIBUS.  Die gouge to right of upper A in DOLLAR.

Submitted By:  David Mulberry (Upgraded coin Brett Parrish)

Cross References:  None known

Comments:  This was RPM #1 in the original 1983 The RPM Book.  It was deleted by CONECA at some point after they assumed ownership of the original RPM files.








1963-D 50¢ WRPM-006         “Best Of” Variety

Description:  D/D Southwest

Die Markers:  Obverse:  Die scratches SW from the LI of LIBERTY.  NW/SE die scratch between IN GOD.  Reverse:  WDDR-006.  NE/SW die scratch between the left side bell hanger and the upper left of the bell.  Die scratch SW from top of C in AMERICA.

Submitted By:  Brett Parish

Cross References:  None known