Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 8,098,000
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: $7.60 (7/23/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1941 S 50C MS obverse 1941 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1940s marked the fourth decade during which Liberty would stride powerfully across the obverse of our half dollar. First placed in circulation in 1916, Adolf Alexander Weinman's bold design was suitably timed to meet the external threats that faced the United States. Although still technically neutral, the United States was preoccupied with World War I and our seeming inability to steer clear of the fighting. Anticipating our involvement by only a year, Liberty walks east toward wartorn Europe and carries a bundle of oak and laurel branches that symbolize American military prowess and serve as a warning to the Central Powers. With her arm outstretched, she is ready to shield our men from German warplanes when the time comes for them to take their place in the trenches of the western front. The reverse eagle, equally ready for a brawl, has finally rid himself of the cumbersome shield that has burdened his breast without respite since 1801. Having served the United States well during the First World War, by 1941 this bold motif was equally well prepared to take us through the second. With the same steadfastness as in 1916, Liberty appears ready to trample the rising sun, the symbol of the Japanese military machine. The sapling of mountain pine on the reverse aptly represents America's hardiness--a hardiness that would take us through the bitter defeats of late 1941 and early 1942 to the glorious victories of 1943-1945. The price of ultimate victory, like the price of aesthetic beauty represented by the Walking Liberty half dollar, would be a heavy one. Alongside the thousands of Americans who endured the hardships of war, countless Walking Liberty half dollars from the 1940s suffered the ravages of poor strikes that resulted from their unusually heavy level of wartime production. Perhaps indicative of its proximity to the disaster of Pearl Harbor, the San Francisco Mint had the most difficulty striking this denomination from 1941 through 1945. While the five issues encompassed in this time frame all exhibit their fair share of poor strikes, the lower mintage 1941-S has always stood out as the key issue of the Second World War. Although surprisingly plentiful through the gem grade tiers, the poor impression that most Mint State survivors of this issue exhibit disqualifies them from an MS 67 designation.

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1941 S 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 12.50 14.50 14.75 15.75 16.75 16.75 30.00 36.00 43.00 60.00 75.00 85.00 105 130 210 925 1950 35000 - - -
$ 17.50 33.00 39.00 47.00 65.00 80.00 90.00 115 175 275 1500 3800 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5584
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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1/12/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 7789 $2,760.00
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2704 $805.00
2/9/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 333, 339/Lot# 802 $195.50
9/6/2009 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2741, 2741/Lot# 1972 $661.25
5/27/2012 NGC MS 66   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1063 $1,404.00
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24752 $30.55
2/24/2013 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 89707 $660.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1189/Lot# 4292 $1,175.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1941 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4150595963676712317521226230432038145064216392433842888691100313861
445359606467851401872282763093404045149741903443185759580119550
00000085140187228276309340404514974190344318575958000
00000010415719924529031436042757813062168642987221029100
1941 S 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4554636367728113118322026832033639546366316492439847288891100913862
485763646875971481952362853253554175299911912445086119595119600
00000097148195236285325355417529991191244508611959500
00000011416520725230233037544059613202175646187501030200
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2433
Owner: Jackson
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1903
Owner: Gary Sullivan
 
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