Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 246,000
Catalog: KM-142
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.03 (8/22/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1921 50C MS obverse 1921 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is the first of three famous and scarce issues within the Walking Liberty series. The mintage of 208,000 coins is the second lowest of the entire run from 1916 to 1947. Bruce Fox commented extensively: 'Even experts have difficulty agreeing on its availability. It does have the second lowest mintage of the series and is obviously rare on this basis alone. At one time considered to be overrated as a condition rarity and an investment vehicle. Currently, it is the least expensive of the 1921 threesome and is normally selected for inclusion in a high-grade date-only set. Although I have seen many nicely struck and a few fully struck specimens, I have difficulty locating pieces having a near full strike with few enough abrasions to grade MS64 or higher.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/24/2014

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1921 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 175 260 425 950 2100 2100 3100 3250 3650 5250 6000 6450 6900 8500 11500 22500 39000 - - - -
$ 2375 3200 3350 3800 5875 6250 6850 7500 10000 13100 35250 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1086
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 66


Upcoming Auctions

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8/26/2014 VG 8   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131434/Lot# 27170
8/26/2014 VG 10   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131434/Lot# 27741
8/26/2014 VG 10   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131434/Lot# 27171
8/26/2014 F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131434/Lot# 27172
8/26/2014 AG 3   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131434/Lot# 27740


Auction Prices Realized

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3/29/2006 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 2181, 2181/Lot# 1340 $358.40
5/30/2010 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1622 $163.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1594 $10,465.00
8/11/2011 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(2), 1158/Lot# 4185 $5,462.50
12/18/2011 NGC G 4   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131152/Lot# 26448 $94.00
7/12/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 8716 $373.75
7/26/2012 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 9202 $4,406.25
7/21/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 125906 $1,771.00
5/18/2014 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 804, 813/Lot# 10163 $256.77


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4045026429051483223325882890309532233401351436283971487453976453823110552133251660520447
4365487291097173323512688295831373282343835523742427250485749704590041147614418178850
000000268829583137328234383552374242725048574970459004114761441800
000000278930263180334134763590385645735222610176389778124001551100
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 2233
Owner: Doc's Walkers
 
Grade: UNC Details
Points: 1757
Owner: davidmckay
 
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