Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 1,165,000
Catalog: KM-142
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.47 (9/23/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1919 D 50C MS obverse 1919 D 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Armistice Day, November 11, 1918 finally marked the end of World War I. Since 1914, much of America's economy had been bolstered by manufacturing and production for the war effort. Now, due to the slackening need for war related supplies, the economy began to soften as the United States entered a period of isolationism. The Volstead Act (the prohibition of manufacture of alcoholic beverages) was also passed by Congress. Imports and exports of all goods dropped noticeably. As a result, all three operational mints were ordered to produce smaller denomination coinage, Cents, Nickels, Dimes, not Quarters or Half Dollars (no Silver Dollars or gold issues were struck in 1919).

Several years earlier, President Theodore Roosevelt was disgusted with the coin designs in circulation at the time, and made it his mission to have all the coinage redesigned. Roosevelt was especially interested in gold coinage, however his wishes also brought about the Lincoln Cent in 1909, the Buffalo Nickel in 1913, and silver coins all in 1916. Adolph A. Weinman, the designer of the Mercury Dime, also prepared the Half Dollar design. Many consider it one of the most beautiful silver coins ever produced by the U.S. mint and one of the two most beautiful of all coinage designs along with the Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. Later, the government again gave a nod to these designs, choosing each for the American Eagle gold and silver coins introduced in 1986.

At the time, a discussion of this new design appeared in the Annual Report of the Director of the Mint:

The design of the half dollar bears a full length figure of Liberty, the folds of the Stars and Stripes flying to the breeze as a background, progressing in full stride toward the dawn of a new day, carrying the branches of laurel and oak, symbolical of civil and military glory. The hand of the figure is outstretched in bestowal of the spirit of Liberty. The reverse of the half dollar shows an eagle perched high upon a mountain crag, his wings unfolded, fearless in spirit and conscious of his power. Springing from a rift in the rock is a sapling of mountain pine, symbolical of America.

It was this commentary that prompted some to suggest various names for this coin: Liberty Walking, Liberty Striding, Walking Liberty, and Striding Liberty.

Among Half Dollars coined in the 20th century, the 1919 issues remain as some of the (conditionally) rarest. The Denver facility produced just 1.1 million coins, most of these were subsequently well worn from years in the channels of commerce, and during the Great Depression preceding the next World War. It is generally accepted among enthusiasts that the 1919-D is the rarest Walking Liberty Half Dollar at the fully struck Gem level of preservation (Les Fox, 1993).

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/24/2014

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1919 D 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 50.00 135 390 1025 1025 2050 2600 3400 4700 6300 7000 9500 16250 32350 155000 300000 - - - -
$ 1150 2300 2850 4150 5700 6600 8250 11750 20250 66000 200000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 630
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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10/13/2014 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1210/Lot# 4789


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2/20/2005 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1301 $3,220.00
10/27/2010 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 October Stamford Coinfest Signature US Coin Auction #1145, 1145/Lot# 4129 $7,660.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 10435 $5,462.50
7/12/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1172/Lot# 4140 $2,542.65
7/29/2012 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 3319, 3319/Lot# 1691 $45.00
9/9/2012 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/09/2012, 39/Lot# 72377 $6,985.00
11/29/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 9402 $188.00
12/15/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 782, 791/Lot# 429 $21,250.00
1/8/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4677 $10,575.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1919 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base76102179456104817252056233530213382383941044223540560388372133891710521029255843083136835
84127271653127318352149256331413534392741434617561668161004414627184132254727333328320
000000214925633141353439274143461756166816100441462718413225472733300
000000224227923261368640154183501158277594117161586619721240652908200
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 3021
Owner: thehorseboy
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 2056
Owner: Doc's Walkers
 
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