Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,178,000
Catalog: KM-142
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.13 (4/19/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1923 S 50C MS obverse 1923 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Based on its relatively high mintage of 2.178 million pieces, one might think the 1923-S Walking Liberty half dollar would not be a difficult coin to obtain. The 1923-S, however, was the only half dollar produced between 1921 and 1927. It was thus in great demand in the channels of commerce, making high grade pieces, including Extremely Fine, About Uncirculated, and Mint State, difficult to acquire today. Gem and better coins are especially elusive.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1923 S 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.65 19.55 37.95 106 390 390 810 900 1230 1380 1620 1770 2640 3690 5340 18010 33150 80630 - - -
$ 430 890 990 1350 1520 1780 1950 2900 4000 5800 19500 35800 87000 -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 406
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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4/27/2014 VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 9776
4/27/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1204/Lot# 5964
4/27/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 11638
4/27/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(9), 1204/Lot# 11639


Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
Auction House
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Price
3/29/2006 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 2181, 2181/Lot# 1343 $32.00
2/14/2007 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 3978 $5,175.00
2/7/2008 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 219, 225/Lot# 5640 $425.50
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1368 $3,795.00
9/6/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 8614 $810.75
11/29/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 9420 $223.25
4/14/2013 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/14/2013, 70/Lot# 109007 $21.00
7/11/2013 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1187/Lot# 4107 $1,175.00
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 5060 $1,025.78


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1923 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28415414336692512391494172618652053216922742797326438386385820011324142421768221702
32458321755210291324157117721927209122042448295234554687699092411229615388190220
000000132415711772192720912204244829523455468769909241122961538800
0000001409164818181990213022392622310836465536759510282132691653500
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3838
Owner: JWalkers
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 3264
Owner: skinny7569
 
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