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 Posted 04/10/2010  10:00 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Wornslick to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Got my first Dansco book, Franklin half dollars, the other day in the mail. For the past few weeks I have been buying them in MS quality. I have been noticing that the ones that have Full Bell Lines wrote on the 2X2 seem to increase the price. I was wondering what having full bell lines adds to the price of the coin?
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 Posted 04/10/2010  10:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Halfwitty to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Full bell lines demand a premium over book price as the strike is much clearer. http://www.caccoin.com/reference-se...ference-set/
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Thanks Halfwitty. I just got back from the coin store and look at the FBL Franklin again. It was a 1951D that he graded at MS-63 which in the RedBook is around $40.00. He wanted $75.00 for it because of the full bell lines. I just didn't know if FBL were worth $35.00 more.
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 Posted 04/10/2010  1:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Halfwitty to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Numismatic News lists a 51-D MS65 with full bell lines at $540.00 so if it looks like a MS65 it would be worth grading for sure.
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 Posted 04/10/2010  1:41 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add biokemist6 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It really depends on the year and mintmark. Some years, FBL does not have a significant premium and other years, it is a true rarity(1953-S).
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 Posted 04/11/2010  06:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Wornslick to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
So when a Franklin does not have Full Bell Lines is it from wear or a light strike when minted?
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FBL are determined by the strike when minted. If it were wear then the coin would not be MS (Mint state) On Good strikes its possible the have a FBL coin in Au grades.
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 Posted 04/11/2010  12:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Wornslick to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the info nohope587.
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 Posted 04/15/2010  4:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Dvorak to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the clarification, I was wondering this myself.

Does FBL on a non-MS coin command a premium?
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 Posted 04/15/2010  5:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nod2003 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good question. I would like to know as well.
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I don't think you'd find many AU Franklins out there with a FBL designation...and if you did find one, it would not have much (or any) premium.

( edit to add some data )

Teletrade has sold only one AU FBL coin in the last 4 years. 1950-D AU-58 FBL. It went for $12 plus buyers fee.


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