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: $5.70 (12/25/2014)
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
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.50 19.00 45.00 120 290 290 550 690 885 1350 1475 1700 2250 3350 5900 26500 54500 - - - -
$ 360 600 750 1000 1450 1550 1875 2900 4250 7900 37500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 760
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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5/17/2000 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1309, 1309/Lot# 1406 $4,601.00
4/25/2002 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2002 April Columbus, OH (CSNS) Signature Sale #288, 288/Lot# 5857 $20,700.00
12/12/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #66, 71/Lot# 612 $6,900.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3679 $1,762.50
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2093 $4,680.00
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3149 $2,585.00
6/8/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 179023 $459.80
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1500 $5,520.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2837541513667649971193147616391855198521022483330743987361970212313154111905223294
31428622249884110621287153017111898202422292757367053858141105721334516624204660
0000001062128715301711189820242229275736705385814110572133451662400
0000001127138115841783194120632356303240346373892111442143781783800
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1639
Owner: thehorseboy
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 997
Owner: Doc's Walkers
 
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