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The John Stoebner Collection of Franklin Half Dollars

The All-Time Third Finest Set of FBL Franklins on the PCGS Set Registry

Adapted from the collection’s introduction by Jeff Ambio

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present one of the finest collections of Mint State and Proof Franklin half dollars ever assembled. The John Stoebner Collection places this series in the best possible light by focusing exclusively on high grade Mint State coins with superior Full Bell Lines striking detail. This same critical eye was employed when purchasing the Proofs, which are of uniform premium Gem to Ultra Gem quality, virtually all with either a Cameo or Deep Cameo finish. This collector’s hard work has paid off: his achievement has been honored as the All-Time Third Finest Collection on the PCGS Set Registry in the category Franklin Half Dollars FBL Basic Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1948-1963).

Highlights include:

-1952-D Franklin Half Dollar. MS-67 FBL (PCGS). Pop: 9/0.

-1953-D Franklin Half Dollar. MS-67 FBL (PCGS). Pop: 8/0.

-1953-S Franklin Half Dollar. MS-65 FBL (PCGS). Pop: just 50 in all grades in the FBL category.

-1954-S Franklin Half Dollar. MS-67 FBL (PCGS). Pop: 11/0.

-1961 Franklin Half Dollar. MS-66+ FBL (PCGS). CAC. PCGS Pop: 5; 0. CAC Stickered Pop: 6; 0.

-1950 Franklin Half Dollar. Proof-66+ Cameo (PCGS).

Our cataloging of this collection will reenforce what most seasoned collectors already know, and what newer collectors quickly learn, this is a particularly challenging “modern” set to put together in top grade. Whether you are just starting an advanced Franklin half dollar set or are already a Set Registry participant on the hunt for additional coins and/or upgrades, our offering of the John Stoebner Collection will surely include many significant buying opportunities. We wish our bidders luck in their pursuit of these rare and beautiful Franklin half dollars.

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