Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,902,000
Catalog: KM-142
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.74 (10/10/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
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1929 S 50C MS obverse 1929 S 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

As 1929 unfolded, the world economy fell apart. Interest rates climbed and the days of easy credit were over for the American people. Jobs were starting to become scarce, but most workers were still employed as 1929 drew to a close. No one knew how bad things were about to become for the next several years. It is obvious that this coin was set aside and somehow survived the vicissitudes that swept the worlds economies during these years. No doubt most coin collections were spent for food money as workers struggled to stay employed as the 1930s churned on.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/21/2015

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1929 S 50C MS
Base $ 14.50 16.50 20.00 42.00 135 245 265 330 450 535 750 1100 1575 3400 6700 35000 - - -
$ 165 - 290 365 480 565 825 1250 1750 4100 16250 55000 -

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Total Graded: 781
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2621 $1,035.00
8/30/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday Sale - Internet Auction # 173, 179/Lot# 5748 $2,185.00
9/7/2011 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1159/Lot# 7899 $104.00
4/9/2012 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3256, 3256/Lot# 1782 $1,100.00
7/22/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131231/Lot# 28952 $207.00
2/24/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 100593 $261.80
9/16/2013 NGC VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3448, 3448/Lot# 1610 $21.00
3/28/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5418 $1,057.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1929 S 50C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 1977
Owner: CBC
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1977
Owner: JWalkers
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