Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 10,282,000
Catalog: KM-142
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.97 (3/3/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
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1918 S 50C MS obverse 1918 S 50C MS reverse

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There are no varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Mint records indicate that 10.2 million Half Dollars were produced at the San Francisco mint in 1918. Yet, the 1918-S is seldom offered in any Mint State grade, let alone at the MS65 level. Either the official mintage figure is incorrect (which is highly unlikely) or the '18-S was not preserved in significant numbers at the time of issue (which is most certainly the case). Strike is also a factor in explaining the high grade rarity of this early S-mint Walker.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/2/2014

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1918 S 50C MS
Base $ 17.00 18.00 20.00 43.00 95.00 95.00 235 290 380 460 590 725 1275 1950 3675 18250 52500 - - - -
$ 125 250 325 425 550 650 875 1450 2650 4250 35250 - - -

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Total Graded: 882
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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6/4/1995 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1995 June Long Beach Sale #137, 137/Lot# 5605 $4,950.00
2/6/2008 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 2486, 2486/Lot# 1419 $44.00
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2214 $4,140.00
3/18/2012 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 40065 $26.00
1/1/2013 PCGS VF 25   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14408 $41.13
7/7/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 759, 768/Lot# 345 $2,828.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2303 $2,937.50
2/3/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7856 $528.75
9/14/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131438/Lot# 27207 $998.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 S 50C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3521
Owner: davidmckay
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2483
Owner: Chuckachoo7
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