Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,786,000
Catalog: KM-142
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.77 (10/13/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
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1933 S 50C MS obverse 1933 S 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The Stock Market Crash of 1929 plunged the United States into the Great Depression. Following the financial holocaust, every coinage denomination except the hardy Lincoln cent sat out at least one year between 1929 and 1934. Although the silver dollar suffered the most, the Mint sidelined the half dollar for the duration of 1930, 1931, and 1932. Only in 1933 did half dollar coinage resume, and then only at the San Francisco Mint. Ironically, the 1,786,000 half dollars delivered that year turned out to include some of the best manufactured examples of Adolf Alexander Weinman's Walking Liberty since 1917.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/21/2015

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1933 S 50C MS
Base $ 15.00 17.00 19.00 25.00 95.00 270 330 400 600 785 1150 1350 1850 3800 6250 18000 - - -
$ 130 - 360 460 650 875 1250 1450 2250 4750 12000 25000 -

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Total Graded: 956
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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5/28/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 2999 $2,127.50
5/5/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 244, 250/Lot# 763 $414.00
12/8/2010 NGC Details AU Details  Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18404/Lot# 2215 $187.00
3/17/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(1), 1153/Lot# 3731 $2,760.00
10/13/2011 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 8697 $230.00
3/25/2012 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3247, 3247/Lot# 1451 $525.00
7/8/2012 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/08/2012, 30/Lot# 60373 $105.60
9/6/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(2), 1174/Lot# 4026 $1,233.75
5/19/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20302 $1,615.63

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1933 S 50C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2261
Owner: JWalkers
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1231
Owner: Rick's Keepers
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