Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 508,000
Catalog: KM-142
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.13 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1916 S 50C MS obverse 1916 S 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1916-S is by far the scarcest of the first-year Walking Liberty issues at all grade levels and can only occasionally be located in the lower reaches of Mint State. It is very nearly a full strike with excellent detail on both sides. Bruce Fox discussed the value of such a sharply struck coin: 'Coins that are nicely struck with minimal abrasions commonly sell at or above Coin Dealer Newsletter bid prices at auction.'

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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1916 S 50C MS
Base $ 83.95 132 294 480 660 660 850 900 1050 1240 1290 1410 1770 2340 3340 6690 15150 37380 - - -
$ 730 940 990 1160 1360 1420 1550 1950 2570 3600 7200 16400 40400 -
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Total Graded: 860
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

Upcoming Auctions

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4/27/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1204/Lot# 5607

Auction Prices Realized

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9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2812 $2,990.00
6/5/2008 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 254, 260/Lot# 6560 $1,144.25
10/2/2011 NGC G 6   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131141/Lot# 25385 $65.00
3/25/2012 NGC AG 3   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131214/Lot# 25603 $47.00
5/22/2012 NGC AG 3   Teletrade Auction 3281, 3281/Lot# 1227 $54.00
7/29/2012 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/29/2012, 33/Lot# 64658 $259.60
10/17/2012 PCGS G 6   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24713 $82.25
11/4/2012 NGC AG 3   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131246/Lot# 28716 $44.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 S 50C MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2124
Owner: davidmckay
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2124
Owner: Doc's Walkers
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