Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,178,000
Catalog: KM-142
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.53 (10/4/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1923 S 50C MS obverse 1923 S 50C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Based on its relatively high mintage of 2.178 million pieces, one might think the 1923-S Walking Liberty half dollar would not be a difficult coin to obtain. The 1923-S, however, was the only half dollar produced between 1921 and 1927. It was thus in great demand in the channels of commerce, making high grade pieces, including Extremely Fine, About Uncirculated, and Mint State, difficult to acquire today. Gem and better coins are especially elusive.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/21/2015

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1923 S 50C MS
Base $ 15.50 18.50 45.00 140 480 1200 1375 1675 1825 2550 3250 4300 5800 18500 37000 81000 - - -
$ - - 1500 1775 2025 - 3600 4850 8250 25000 60000 - -

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Total Graded: 438
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
1/11/1997 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1997 F.U.N. Signature Sale #165, 165/Lot# 6228 $833.75
3/10/2008 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 228, 234/Lot# 894 $11,212.50
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1368 $3,795.00
9/6/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(2), 1174/Lot# 4014 $3,818.75
9/16/2012 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 3347, 3347/Lot# 1623 $21.00
7/21/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 125918 $880.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4688 $13,499.58
1/5/2014 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131402/Lot# 22911 $176.25
6/3/2014 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4078 $317.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1923 S 50C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3838
Owner: JWalkers
Grade: MS 63
Points: 3264
Owner: skinny7569
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