Franklin Mint models

The company -founded by Joseph Segel- started by marketing privately-minted gold and silver commemorative rounds and medallions, but quickly branched out into other collectibles. In the 1960s the price of silver rose, causing all silver coins to be removed from circulation. The Nevada casinos used silver dollars in their slot machines, which were soon worth more than a dollar. The Franklin Mint was one of the earliest and largest minters of replacement slot machine tokens.

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It minted in its own production facility numerous sets of coins-of-the-realm, theme-based medals and ingots, selling them on the subscription plan, with buyers getting a monthly shipment and invoice. Franklin Mint struck issues in all the different precious and semi-precious metals. American history and art masterpiece themes were predominant, with space and important persons and other topics also quite popular. Sets were often limited by the number of subscribers by a cut-off date, or a fixed mintage, resulting in "limited editions". Prices were fairly reasonable, compared to the cost of silver, and often tens of thousands of sets were sold. Custom wood cases, fancy packaging and certificates appealed to collectors, and the market boomed. However, silver prices climbed, making the cost of larger items high, and replacement bronze and pewter issues did not appeal to collectors as much.

From 1973 to 2000, the Franklin Mint had a division called the Franklin Library, which produced hundreds of editions of classic works of literature in fine bindings.

In 1983, and to much success, The Franklin Mint entered the die-cast car market with the 1935 Mercedes Benz 500K Roadster. In the following years, Franklin Mint produced numerous designs including the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, one of Franklin Mint's better-selling models. Collector knives, figurines, plates, Monopoly sets, chess sets and board games, plaques, coins, medals, and other collectibles have been issued over the years by The Franklin Mint.

The Franklin Mint was heavily reliant upon direct mail and media print ads for sales. Advertisements for Franklin Mint collectibles—including the Civil War Commemorative Chess Set among thousands of other items—were once ubiquitous in popular magazines.

Currently The Franklin Mint has divested itself of minting capacity, and has downsized, and is now mostly a producer/marketer of diecast models. On October 17, 2006 The Franklin Mint announced it was sold by Roll International Corp to a number of private investors including M. Moshe Malamud and Steven Sisskind, chairman and chief executive respectively from The Morgan Mint, and David Salzman, a Hollywood producer. The sale closed on August 31, 2006 and no price was announced. The new ownership plans to return Franklin Mint to its former market-leading status and offer the full lineup of collectibles including coins and medallics.

Updated: 8 August 2019

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Franklin Mint value and price guide

What's your Franklin Mint worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
franklin mint 1896 henry ford quadricycle 1 8 scale Franklin Mint 1896 Henry Ford Quadricycle 1 8 Scale 09/2021 £1 024.88
rare franklin mint 1 24 1975 red corvette ap 500 Rare Franklin Mint 1 24 1975 Red Corvette Ap 500 10/2021 £878.48
franklin mint 1 12 1937 delahaye 135 m solid pewter le Franklin Mint 1 12 1937 Delahaye 135 M Solid Pewter Le 09/2021 £805.27
franklin mint 1948 tucker limited edition 1 24 ultra Franklin Mint 1948 Tucker Limited Edition 1 24 Ultra 09/2021 £855.05
rare franklin mint armour 1 48 b11e736 consolidated pby Rare Franklin Mint Armour 1 48 B11e736 Consolidated Pby 10/2021 £732.06
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Comments (12)
Jim - November 3, 2021
My uncle has a collection of these, and is looking for some values. Is there a good website that lists cars and prices? Most of his have tags and are in great shape, but do not have boxes. At the moment, I am looking at a 1957 Corvette Fuelie Fiberglass Edition and a 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe. Thanks!
Mickey - October 6, 2021
I have a rare 1957 Chevrolet convertible red in color. 1/24 scale. from last account it is one of the 5 most rare cars Franklin Mint has produced. I have all the boxes and Styrofoam packaging also the handtag attached. Want to know what it may be worth. Have not seen one for sale in quite a while.
Not sure, but you could have a look here: Franklin Mint 1957 Chevrolet.
Nicholas - September 22, 2021
I am a big Franklin mint diecast collector ready to sell some #1 pieces serial number 1 and artist proofs and samples lmk if interested
David - August 16, 2021
I have a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C with Swarovski Crystals with COA 2/100.
Does anyone know the value on this particular model? Thanks!
I can't give you an exact estimation, but roughly between 900-1400 USD.
James - August 7, 2021
Hi I have a black Porsche Targa Top 1993.
Franklin Mint precision model.
Just wondering how much it's worth. It's in brand new condition in the foam box with all the paperwork and certificates. Thank you for your time and assistance.
Have a look here to see if you can find some prices: Franklin Mint Porsche Targa.
Anthony - December 14, 2020
I have my father's collection of over 300 Franklin Mint cars, with boxes and all paperwork in perfect condition. Where would be the best place to unload the whole collection.
Ebay as a lot, or maybe there are some Facebook groups for collectors where you can sell them.
Maureen - August 10, 2020
I have a collection of 53 Franklin Mint cars, no boxes, but in perfect condition. Would anyone be interested in taking the collection? I would be happy with AUD $1800.00 for the lot.
I assume you meant Australian dollars, so I've added that to your comment. Correct me when I'm wrong ;-)
Kandi - July 6, 2020
I have a collection on Franklin Mint Corvettes.Years from 1952 and up. I would like to sell them.Please let me know if any one is interested.
Marco - March 14, 2020
HiI’m looking for a 61-65 Lincoln continental in 1/18 preferably thanx,Marco
Maybe you could try this page: Franklin Mint Lincoln Continental.
Dan - February 16, 2020
Looking for a 1955 to 1957 Lincoln Mark 2. Can you give me an idea of the value of the model?
Hi, maybe you can find some prices here: Franklin Mint Lincoln Mark.
Gary - October 29, 2019
Hello. I have a franklin mint 1/24 die cast 52 red Corvette p/n B11wn71. Can you tell me how many of these were made and the cost new plus production year thanks so much!!!
No idea! But there are a few for sale right now, so maybe you can find more info here.
Matthew - May 26, 2019
I have all these cars and I was wondering how much are they worth?:1933 DUESENBERG J Victoria BUGATTI ESDERS 1947 BENTLEY 1935 MERCEDES BENZ 770K 1940 DUESENBERG 1935 MERCEDES BENZ 500K SPECIAL ROADSTER 1930 DUESSNBERG J Derham tourster 1934 PACKARD MERCEDES SIMPLEX 1921 ROLLS ROYCE 1911 ROLLS ROYCE TOURER 1933 DUESENBERG J VICTORIA 1924 HISPANO SUIZA TULIPWOOD 1964 FORD MUSTANG 1941 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 1937 CORD 812 PHAETON COUPE 1925 ROLLS ROYCE SILVER GHOST 1935 DUESENBERG J 1930 BUGATTI ROYALE COUPE NAPOLEON 1925 ROLLS ROYCE THE SILVER GHOST 1903 FORD MODEL A 1905 ROLLS ROYCE 1911 STANLEY STEAMER 1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD 1896 FORD QUABRICYCLE
That would take a lot of time to search for value, but I see a lot of Duesenburgs, so you can start by going to this page: Franklin Mint Duesenberg to see if you can find yours. Rolls Roys same, go to this page to find prices.