Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 12,708,000
Catalog: KM-142
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.06 (8/30/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1942 S 50C MS obverse 1942 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In order to deliver such a large total of 12.7 million Half Dollars during the rushed atmosphere of 1942, the San Francisco Mint had to prolong die life to an unacceptable degree. The result was millions of poorly struck coins, many of which are on today's market in circulated and low Mint State grades.

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1942 S 50C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4342
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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9/6/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7764
9/6/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7763


Auction Prices Realized

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7/2/2006 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2226, 2226/Lot# 1627 $106.40
4/28/2009 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 8423 $805.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1629 $833.75
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 1519 $805.00
6/3/2012 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/03/2012, 25/Lot# 55576 $47.00
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(2), 1173/Lot# 4030 $910.63
2/16/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 791, 800/Lot# 122 $80.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2028282828325476981151351511982343013691066186050336666866211070
2228282829396183103121140166210256323601133029175577733194640
0000006183103121140166210256323601133029175577733100
0000006890109128145182222278346833159539756121799600
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1860
Owner: CBC
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1860
Owner: Jackson
 
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