As was the case in 1955, Franklin half dollars were struck only at the Philadelphia mint in 1956, though are less scarce than their earlier counterparts. Including proof specimens, less than 5 million half dollars were struck in 1956. However, there are still plenty of pieces available to satisfy coin collector demands, which aren’t very high anyway as the Franklin half dollar series is not as widely collected as other coin series from the 20th century.
Here’s a breakdown of the mintages and values for 1956 Franklin halves:
1956, 4,032,000 minted; $11
1956 proof, 669,384; $50
*The value of the 1956 business-strike is for an example in Very Fine-20 grade.
When you are buying the 1956 half dollar, consider purchasing an uncirculated piece as they are about on par in price with more common Mint State Franklins from other years in the series. If it is a proof half dollar you seek, think about buying one that has flashy, brilliant surfaces.
While 1956 was the first full year that U.S. proof coins were issued in Pliofilm package (as opposed to paper envelopes and cardboard, which lent to more toning and staining), many proof halves from the 1950s in general tend to be spotty.