Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,786,000
Catalog: KM-142
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.67 (9/18/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1933 S 50C MS obverse 1933 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Stock Market Crash of 1929 plunged the United States into the Great Depression. Following the financial holocaust, every coinage denomination except the hardy Lincoln cent sat out at least one year between 1929 and 1934. Although the silver dollar suffered the most, the Mint sidelined the half dollar for the duration of 1930, 1931, and 1932. Only in 1933 did half dollar coinage resume, and then only at the San Francisco Mint. Ironically, the 1,786,000 half dollars delivered that year turned out to include some of the best manufactured examples of Adolf Alexander Weinman's Walking Liberty since 1917.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/24/2014

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1933 S 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 15.00 17.00 19.00 25.00 95.00 95.00 260 300 380 565 660 775 1025 1300 1750 3575 5650 15000 - - -
$ 130 275 330 450 625 725 875 1225 1400 2250 4300 8800 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 940
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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8/16/2000 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1347, 1347/Lot# 1351 $572.25
8/19/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23084, 23084/Lot# 13722 $1,035.00
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 448 $1,150.00
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2623 $1,380.00
5/5/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 244, 250/Lot# 763 $414.00
12/8/2010 NGC Details AU Details  Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18404/Lot# 2215 $187.00
12/2/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131250/Lot# 28891 $258.50
1/1/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14410 $260.85
1/13/2013 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/13/2013, 57/Lot# 91935 $31.02


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1933 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base243241596725551571793610631231133314721668197722613212403655937354949512066
2635476112934158279097811191265137915371771207125783486455561808067103520
0000005827909781119126513791537177120712578348645556180806700
00000064986310201175129914251602187421662895376150746767878100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2261
Owner: JWalkers
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1231
Owner: Rick's Keepers
 
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