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: $5.11 (12/1/2015)
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: 9/21/2015

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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 27500 65000 - - - -
$ 360 - 750 1000 1450 1875 2900 4250 7900 37500 - - -

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Total Graded: 750
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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3/4/1995 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1995 Atlanta Signature Sale #133, 133/Lot# 5457 $20,350.00
5/17/2000 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1309, 1309/Lot# 1406 $4,601.00
3/20/2003 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2003 Charlotte ANA National Money Signature Sale #316, 316/Lot# 6010 $3,105.00
8/28/2006 NGC AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 102, 107/Lot# 602 $448.50
5/29/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 303 $805.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2093 $4,680.00
6/29/2014 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 204343 $16.00
8/11/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 471 $940.00
10/29/2015 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7565 $705.00

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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