Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 491,600
Catalog: KM-142
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.03 (8/23/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1938 D 50C MS obverse 1938 D 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1938-D half dollar is rather an anomaly, a low-mintage issue produced in the pre-World War II era of generally increasing production at each mint. Made to the extent of a mere 491,600 pieces, the 1938-D is the key to the 'Long Short Set' of Walking Liberty halves that begins with the 1934-PDS mintages.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/24/2014

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1938 D 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 70.00 85.00 105 135 175 175 245 270 325 430 460 525 600 650 850 1600 2600 8300 - - -
$ 190 260 285 350 450 480 550 640 690 975 2100 3550 19975 -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2589
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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8/26/2014 XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131434/Lot# 27751
8/26/2014 VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131434/Lot# 27750
8/26/2014 VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131434/Lot# 27180
8/26/2014 VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131434/Lot# 27179
8/26/2014 VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131434/Lot# 27749
8/26/2014 F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131434/Lot# 27178


Auction Prices Realized

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5/29/1996 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0845, 845/Lot# 1515 $654.00
2/7/2008 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 219, 225/Lot# 5692 $1,725.00
4/25/2010 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210051, 210051/Lot# 20318 $110.40
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 1390 $750.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24733 $444.15
11/29/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(2), 1177/Lot# 4061 $1,527.50
9/1/2013 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/01/2013, 90/Lot# 96687 $45.00
7/6/2014 NGC VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 172002 $95.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2342983143363785606487298569351042111011441217132115472147256146286166805410339
255303321350438589675771882970106411211168125113961747228532505140679588150
000000675771882970106411211168125113961747228532505140679500
0000007028139081006108711321192128614711947242339395653742400
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2561
Owner: cooperway4
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 2561
Owner: Sierra Collection
 
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