Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,392,000
Catalog: KM-142
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.17 (11/26/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1927 S 50C MS obverse 1927 S 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

As the declining post-World War I economy limited the need for half dollars in the avenues of commerce, the Philadelphia and Denver Mints essentially refrained from half dollar production throughout the 1920s and left what pressing needs did arise to their west coast companion. The San Francisco Mint geared up the half dollar presses in 1927 and turned out a respectable 2,392,000 pieces. The demand that the Treasury Department placed on the first regular issue half dollars coined since 1923 meant that the Mint was forced to cut a few corners here and there. As a result, this issue is typically seen with poor definition and myriad bagmarks. In his book The Complete Guide to Walking Liberty Half Dollars, Bruce Fox even goes so far as to announce that he has yet to see a fully struck gem 1927-S.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/21/2015

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1927 S 50C MS
Base $ 13.75 15.50 23.00 62.00 230 565 625 725 1225 1450 1750 2500 4200 10750 34000 - - - -
$ - - 665 825 1300 - 1950 3000 6000 16900 - - -

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Total Graded: 612
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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11/12/1993 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions St. Louis Bullet #110, 110/Lot# 261 $1,034.00
9/19/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1748 $4,140.00
9/29/2010 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2934, 2934/Lot# 1304 $184.00
2/3/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1152/Lot# 3807 $1,955.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1793 $2,585.00
2/16/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 171046 $156.20
11/30/2014 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 832, 841/Lot# 628 $2,000.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1927 S 50C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3099
Owner: JWalkers
Grade: MS 64
Points: 3099
Owner: Malibu Collector
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