Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,110,000
Catalog: KM-142
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.02 (5/5/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1938 50C MS obverse 1938 50C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The 1938 remains an overlooked and underappreciated issue in the 1934-1947 series. It is by far the scarcest P-mint in that series and it is comparable in rarity to several mintmarked issues. The problem is the 1938 lives in the shadow of the much lower mintage 1938-D.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/3/2014

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1938 50C MS
Base $ 13.50 15.00 15.50 17.00 19.50 40.00 45.00 50.00 60.00 90.00 105 145 190 410 600 2350 18000 - -
$ 23.00 42.00 47.00 55.00 65.00 100.00 115 155 225 445 1150 3750 -

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Total Graded: 2195
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
12/31/2006 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 2306, 2306/Lot# 1406 $616.00
10/2/2007 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27102, 27102/Lot# 11771 $109.25
6/17/2010 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 2370 $299.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1618 $368.00
7/7/2011 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 599, 606/Lot# 5318 $276.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 9229 $373.75
7/29/2012 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/29/2012, 33/Lot# 59681 $101.20
6/15/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/15/2014, 196/Lot# 201926 $35.50
10/8/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1210/Lot# 3605 $1,527.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 50C MS
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 2926
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2926
Owner: Anonymous10
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