Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,152
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: $7.12 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1938 50C PF obverse 1938 50C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Breen, in his Encyclopedia of U. S. and Colonial Coins, writes that this was a new hub year, with more detail showing on the drapery on Liberty's right arm below the stars. Also, two nearly vertical rays touch the flag, as opposed to one on the earlier hub. This new hub continued through 1947.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1938 50C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 348 408 444 506 563 660 790 910 1310 4880 - -
$ - - - - 380 450 490 560 620 700 870 1000 1400 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1756
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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Grade
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4/20/2014 PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 800, 809/Lot# 844
4/27/2014 PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3632
4/27/2014 PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 9875


Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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3/24/1997 PCGS PF 65   Teletrade Auction 0930, 930/Lot# 1397 $370.60
7/5/2004 PCGS PF 67   Teletrade Auction 1905, 1905/Lot# 1380 $2,860.00
4/24/2006 NGC PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 84, 89/Lot# 732 $1,035.00
5/9/2007 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #434, 434/Lot# 3095 $787.75
9/4/2011 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1405 $1,063.75
2/28/2012 NGC PF 66   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3476 $632.50
4/22/2012 NGC PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/22/2012, 19/Lot# 47054 $700.80
1/9/2013 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1181/Lot# 10905 $594.55


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6006486977498068638949259569781008103010571138132114501639176221903939975612378
6166647147688258739049359639881015103910841199136415131680190427735878106300
000000904935963988101510391084119913641513168019042773587800
000000914945970998102210481111126014071576172120473356781700
1938 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7237768338939561022105710921128115311871212124213331539168318942031250544221069413495
740795853914978103310681104113611641195122212721401158717531939218931446512116270
0000001068110411361164119512221272140115871753193921893144651200
0000001080111611441175120312321302147016351823198523473783860300
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 3939
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 68
Points: 3939
Owner: Montana Grampa
 
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