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: $5.17 (11/26/2015)
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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 9/21/2015

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1916 S 50C MS
Base $ 115 155 335 515 710 875 975 1175 1475 1750 1950 2475 3400 7000 20000 46500 - - -
$ 750 - 1025 1380 1575 1875 2250 2950 4700 8225 26500 - -

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Total Graded: 1028
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
9/4/2011 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1345 $5,060.00
12/28/2011 PCGS G 4   Teletrade Auction 3198, 3198/Lot# 1737 $86.25
7/8/2012 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/08/2012, 30/Lot# 58069 $363.00
9/2/2012 PCGS F 15   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 937 $241.50
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
3/2/2014 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131410/Lot# 28436 $223.25
7/27/2014 PCGS AG 3   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 814, 823/Lot# 128 $75.00
1/11/2015 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131503/Lot# 26029 $411.25
4/22/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1219/Lot# 4623 $3,525.00

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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