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1952 Franklin Proof Bugs Bunny Variety to be Auctioned by GreatCollections


Coin is the first Proof Issue discovered of the famous Business Strike variety

An exciting new Franklin Half Dollar variety will be auctioned by GreatCollections on Sunday, August 16. The Bugs Bunny variety on a Proof issue was previously unrecorded until recently.

The “Bugs Bunny” variety is known to many on the 1955 Franklin Half Dollar business strike and it is also known on other business strike dates and mint marks. However, it was previously unknown on a Proof issue. It has been graded PCGS Proof-65 as FS-403 Bugs Bunny, with CAC approval and is being sold without reserve. Bidding will start at $1.

“I am expecting a lot of interest in this coin; it is destined to be in one of the finest sets of Franklins. This is exactly why so many of us enjoy numismatics – being able to find a new variety of an issue released over 60 years ago,” said Ian Russell, President/Founder of GreatCollections.

Cherrypickers’ co-author Bill Fivaz wrote:

The clashmarks at the mouth of the eagle’s wing on the reverse are every bit as strong as on the 1955 business strike and because the discovery coin is an early strike from the clashed dies (it’s somewhat frosted on both obverse and reverse) it is naked eye obvious.”

The coin is listed in the 6th Edition, Volume 2 of the Cherrypickers’ Guide by Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton and has appeared in CoinWorld and Numismatic News articles earlier this year when the coin was first discovered.

GreatCollections has high quality images posted at www.greatcollections.com and the coin is available to view by appointment at their Irvine, California headquarters. GreatCollections will also take the coin to the World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois to display at table 811 from August 11 through August 15, 2015.

To register to bid, view the Bugs Bunny variety or find out more information, please visit www.greatcollections.com or telephone 1-800-44-COINS (1-800-442-6467).

About GreatCollections

GreatCollections is an auction and direct sale venue for PCGS-, NGC- and ANACS-certified coins, as well as coins approved by CAC. GreatCollections handles each coin transaction from start to finish. For sellers, GreatCollections offers professional imaging for each coin, cash advances as appropriate, and other individualized services generally not available with the large auction houses and other websites, freeing the seller to do nothing except collect the proceeds of the sale. Buyers benefit by entrusting a venue whose principals have years of coin experience and whose reputations in the industry are impeccable.

GreatCollections, the official auction house of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), specializes in auctioning certified coins and banknotes, handling transactions from start to finish. Since its founding in 2010, GreatCollections has successfully auctioned over one million certified coins, making it one of the leading certified coin companies in the United States, with annual sales in 2021 exceeding $235 million. Ian Russell, owner/president of GreatCollections, is a member of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and a member of the National Auctioneers Association.

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