Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,392,000
Catalog: KM-142
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.13 (4/20/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1927 S 50C MS obverse 1927 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As the declining post-World War I economy limited the need for half dollars in the avenues of commerce, the Philadelphia and Denver Mints essentially refrained from half dollar production throughout the 1920s and left what pressing needs did arise to their west coast companion. The San Francisco Mint geared up the half dollar presses in 1927 and turned out a respectable 2,392,000 pieces. The demand that the Treasury Department placed on the first regular issue half dollars coined since 1923 meant that the Mint was forced to cut a few corners here and there. As a result, this issue is typically seen with poor definition and myriad bagmarks. In his book The Complete Guide to Walking Liberty Half Dollars, Bruce Fox even goes so far as to announce that he has yet to see a fully struck gem 1927-S.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1927 S 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.65 18.40 20.70 46.00 180 180 450 600 690 940 1050 1160 1590 2310 3470 9430 26000 - - - -
$ 202 500 660 760 1030 1160 1280 1750 2540 3700 10200 28100 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 597
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 65


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4/27/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3586
4/27/2014 AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 9778


Auction Prices Realized

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1/6/1993 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions FUN Bullet Sale #99, 99/Lot# 416 $1,237.50
8/13/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 3494 $2,760.00
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1185 $2,587.50
6/4/2008 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 2538, 2538/Lot# 1389 $26.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 10453 $3,162.50
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1793 $2,585.00
4/14/2013 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 747, 756/Lot# 211 $2,150.00
4/28/2013 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/28/2013, 72/Lot# 112816 $453.82


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1927 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20283263183502793102112831433163317531852219025613099506275439723123381544119087
222942103289599869110813331499167317861964231327403753588982691059413372166560
00000086911081333149916731786196423132740375358898269105941337200
00000094511951383156617131819207724372919440767168996114661440600
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3099
Owner: JWalkers
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 3099
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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