Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 3,853,040
Catalog: KM-142
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.32 (9/3/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1918 D 50C MS obverse 1918 D 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1918-D was produced to the extent of 3.8 million pieces. This is not a particularly large mintage for the Walking Liberty Half Dollar (especially considering that 1918 is a war year), but the striking quality for this issue did not benefit from this fact. It seems likely that the coinage staff in Denver purposely spaced the dies too far apart in an effort to increase time spent in the press. While this may have helped with production needs at the time, the ultimate result as far as collectors are concerned is a plethora of poorly struck coins. What's more, the '18-D does not appear to have been preserved in significant numbers at the time, and high quality Mint State coins of any striking quality are difficult to come by in today's market. As a Gem, the 1918-D is more difficult to obtain than the lower mintage 1917-S Obverse.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/2/2014

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1918 D 50C MS
Base $ 17.50 19.00 45.00 120 290 550 690 885 1350 1700 2250 3350 5900 26500 54500 - - - -
$ 360 600 750 1000 1450 1875 2900 4250 7900 37500 - - -

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Total Graded: 744
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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9/15/2003 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 444 $7,475.00
2/2/2012 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(2), 1167/Lot# 4080 $1,265.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2093 $4,680.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2248 $30,550.00
8/25/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 766, 775/Lot# 5108 $56.00
10/14/2013 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 3452, 3452/Lot# 1584 $36.00
1/8/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 9135 $1,116.25
6/8/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 179023 $459.80
1/29/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1217/Lot# 7476 $587.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 D 50C MS
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1639
Owner: thehorseboy
Grade: XF 45
Points: 997
Owner: Doc's Walkers
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