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: $5.78 (10/6/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1918 S 50C MS obverse 1918 S 50C MS reverse

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There are no NGC 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: 9/21/2015

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1918 S 50C MS
Base $ 17.00 18.00 20.00 43.00 95.00 235 290 380 460 725 1275 1850 3550 22500 52500 - - - -
$ 125 - 325 425 550 875 1450 2650 4250 35250 - - -

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Total Graded: 897
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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6/3/1994 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1994 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #120, 120/Lot# 521 $3,850.00
10/24/2011 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 630, 637/Lot# 1215 $13,995.50
11/14/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3172, 3172/Lot# 1573 $63.25
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2305 $1,468.75
8/8/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5667 $11,750.00
12/22/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 159643 $260.00
2/27/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7740 $708.53
9/14/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131438/Lot# 27207 $998.75
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1501 $1,495.00

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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