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In the Corner with Dan Hughes


Jan 30, 2015

The Franklin half dollar was issued from 1948 through 1963.  It was designed by John Sinnock, who died before the coin was issued.  Sinnock had also designed the Roosevelt dime. 

Why was there a controversy about Sinnock's initials being on the coins?  Was there a communist influence? 

What did the ex-governor of Wyoming have to do with the Franklin half dollar? 

Why did an arts commission recommend that the eagle be removed from the coin, and that the crack in the Liberty bell also be removed? 

Why did the coin last just 16 years, when law mandated that coins remain unchanged for at least 25 years?

And why would Benjamin Franklin himself probably have hated his coin?

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