2006-P Benjamin Franklin Scientist Uncirculated Silver Dollar

The 2006-P Benjamin Franklin Scientist Uncirculated Silver Dollar was released by the US Mint to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of not only one of the United States most famous founding fathers, but also an important scientist.

Mintage: 250,000 maximum across all product options
Final Mintage: 58,000
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Benjamin Franklin devoted much of his life to learning and scientific pursuits. Among his many accomplishments were the study of electricity (famous kite experiments) and his invention of several devices including bifocals, flexible catheters, swimfins and the lightning rod.

The Franklin coins are struck from 90% silver to a diameter of 1.5 inches.

2006 Franklin Coin Products

Six unique products were released by the US Mint in 2006 containing Franklin coins:

  • 2006-P Benjamin Franklin Scientist Proof Silver Dollar
  • 2006-P Benjamin Franklin Scientist Uncirculated Silver Dollar
  • 2006-P Benjamin Franklin Founding Father Proof Silver Dollar
  • 2006-P Benjamin Franklin Founding Father Uncirculated Silver Dollar
  • 2006 American Legacy Collection (contained a proof Founding Father coin)
  • 2006 Franklin Coin & Chronicles Set (contained an uncirculated Scientist coin)

The US Mint placed a surcharge on the sale of each of the Franklin coins. Funds raised were forwarded to the Franklin Institute for purposes of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Commission.

Issue Information

Struck from 90% silver, each Franklin Silver Dollar has a diameter of 1.5 inches.

Release Date

The US Mint released the Uncirculated Franklin Scientist Coin on the 300th anniversary of his birth – January 17, 2006.

Issue Price

The initial price charged for the Franklin Scientist Uncirculated Coin was $33.00.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

Each Franklin Silver Dollar was struck at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia and show the ‘P’ mintmark.

Designer & Sculptor

A young Franklin is shown on the obverse (heads side) of the coin in the midst of his famous kite experiments. It is the work of Norman E. Nemeth.

Franklin’s "Join, or Die" cartoon published in 1754 is shown on the reverse (tails side) of the coin. It was completed by Charles Vickers.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $1
Finish: Uncirculated
Composition: 90% silver, 10% alloy
Standard Weight: 26.730 g
Standard Diameter: 1.500 inches
Edge: Reeded

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