Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 491,600
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: $7.36 (8/1/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1938 D 50C MS obverse 1938 D 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1938-D half dollar is rather an anomaly, a low-mintage issue produced in the pre-World War II era of generally increasing production at each mint. Made to the extent of a mere 491,600 pieces, the 1938-D is the key to the 'Long Short Set' of Walking Liberty halves that begins with the 1934-PDS mintages.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/24/2014

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1938 D 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 70.00 85.00 105 135 175 175 245 270 325 430 460 525 600 650 850 1600 2600 8300 - - -
$ 190 260 285 350 450 480 550 640 690 975 2100 3550 19975 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2583
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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7/3/2000 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1328, 1328/Lot# 1586 $490.50
9/6/2000 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20092, 20092/Lot# 2383 $78.00
2/10/2008 NGC MS 63   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2242 $546.25
7/13/2009 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 392, 398/Lot# 694 $207.00
6/26/2011 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/26/2011, 123/Lot# 10798 $86.90
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 1390 $750.00
2/22/2013 PCGS F 12   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7263 $64.63
2/16/2014 NGC G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 96924 $50.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2342983143363785606487298569351042111011441217132115472147256146286166805410339
255303321350438589675771882970106411211168125113961747228532505140679588150
000000675771882970106411211168125113961747228532505140679500
0000007028139081006108711321192128614711947242339395653742400
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2561
Owner: cooperway4
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 2561
Owner: Sierra Collection
 
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