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: $5.56 (10/5/2015)
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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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: 609
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/12/2005 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 7670 $1,840.00
10/30/2005 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2111, 2111/Lot# 1589 $644.00
6/14/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 2819 $1,897.50
9/4/2011 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1369 $4,140.00
9/12/2011 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 618, 625/Lot# 359 $3,680.00
3/8/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1168/Lot# 7902 $276.00
9/25/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1189/Lot# 4261 $1,292.50
12/22/2013 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 166/Lot# 148328 $39.00
12/22/2013 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 148328 $31.00

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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