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Hello Mr. Fern    I have some Liberty Standing half dollars and some B. Franklin halves I wish to sell.  The Liberty halves are all years from 1940-1947.  I would say most are  in average condition meaning not worn but not uncirculated.  Some are in even better condition.  The Franklin halves are in excellent condition  with sharp details, no obvious  signs of wear, and shiny like new.  Generally speaking, do you think these coins might have any coin collecting value or would I only be selling them for their silver value?  Not sure what coin collectors I can trust and dont't want to be taken advantage of.  Your expert advice in this matter would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks so much. 25


Most common date silver coins bring melt value or a bit more. Prices fluctuate with the value of silver. Each has a net weight of .36169 oz. pure silver.

For Walking Half values, see:

For Franklin Half values, see:

You may want to check eBay listings under US coins in the half dollar category to see what these coins are going for.

If you live close to a local shop, they should offer an opinion as to the value at no charge. Always try and get at least two opinions and try and deal with PNG dealers if possible. If you should decide to sell your items to a dealer, remember they will offer about 50% to 60% of the retail value. Here's a link to find one in your area:

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Ronald Fern


I can answer most all questions relating to US coins, tokens, and currency. I'm not strong on world coins or ancients. Primary field of expertise is errors and varieties. Over 55 years experience in coin collecting. Part time dealer since 1976. Employed by McDonnell Douglas/Boeing for over 34 years as an Industrial Engineer/Technical Specialist before retiring in 2002.


Worked weekends for "Lonesome" John in the late 1960's to mid 1970's processing error coins, packaging, and preparing orders. Worked with John Devine and Fred Weinberg on several California Error A Rama's in the early 1970's. Served as display judge at annual Error-A-Rama coin shows. Opened and operated mail order coin business DBA "CAL ERRORS" in 1976. Contributor to Alan Herbert's "Official Price Guide To Mint Errors" and Fivaz/Stanton "Cherrypickers' Guide". Worked Saturdays at Huntington Beach Coin Exchange 1980-1999. Had table and sold coins at a number of coin and gun shows in So CA, AZ and NV. Sell coins, tokens and currency on Facebook. Past "Errorscope" Editor. Presently CONECA Examiner.


Errorscope, Numismatic News, Civil War Token Journal, Error and Variety News

AA Degree LBCC pre Engineering, 1964 BS Degree CSULB Ind Technology, 1968

Awards and Honors
1st Place EAR Trophy for Civil War Token Errors, NLG Author of Year Award for best monthly coin column "Error News and Views" in small Numismatic paper, owned and published by Ray Anthony.

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