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: $6.06 (5/30/2015)
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/26/2015

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1927 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 13.75 15.50 23.00 62.00 230 565 625 725 1225 1450 1750 2500 4200 10750 29000 - - - -
$ 260 600 665 825 1300 1550 1950 3000 6000 16900 40000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 604
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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6/7/2015 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7837
6/7/2015 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7836


Auction Prices Realized

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9/19/2010 NGC MS 62   Goldberg $1,265.00
9/23/2012 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/23/2012, 41/Lot# 70439 $1,842.50
10/20/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 774, 783/Lot# 593 $4,150.00
11/4/2013 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3455, 3455/Lot# 1323 $120.00
2/3/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7869 $411.25
6/3/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4079 $250.28
10/8/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1210/Lot# 3590 $1,645.00
1/23/2015 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3518, 6087/Lot# 20129 $423.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1927 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20283263183502793102112831433163317531852219025613099506275439723123381544119087
222942103289599869110813331499167317861964231327403753588982691059413372166560
00000086911081333149916731786196423132740375358898269105941337200
00000094511951383156617131819207724372919440767168996114661440600
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3099
Owner: JWalkers
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 3099
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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