Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,152
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: $6.12 (4/2/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1938 50C PF obverse 1938 50C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Breen, in his Encyclopedia of U. S. and Colonial Coins, writes that this was a new hub year, with more detail showing on the drapery on Liberty's right arm below the stars. Also, two nearly vertical rays touch the flag, as opposed to one on the earlier hub. This new hub continued through 1947.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/4/2014

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1938 50C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 365 380 435 485 535 650 815 1000 1550 13000 - -
$ - - - - - 400 450 500 575 700 875 1125 2100 -
1938 50C PF Cameo
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8750 - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1786
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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4/26/2015 PF 68   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1219/Lot# 4697
4/26/2015 PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1219/Lot# 4696


Auction Prices Realized

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8/8/1998 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 1998 ANA Bullet Sale #189, 189/Lot# 614 $1,677.50
7/27/2005 PCGS PF 68   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 10072 $23,000.00
9/10/2006 NGC PF 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2655 $748.00
3/17/2011 NGC PF 67   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(1), 1153/Lot# 3770 $920.00
1/24/2012 NGC PF 67   Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8753 $3,737.50
3/18/2012 NGC PF 67   Teletrade Auction 3243, 3243/Lot# 1839 $1,207.50
9/8/2013 PCGS PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/08/2013, 91/Lot# 135923 $748.00
11/23/2014 PCGS PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 831, 840/Lot# 262 $600.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6006486977498068638949259569781008103010571138132114501639188621245665975612378
6166647147688258739049359639881015103910841199136415131721196533047029106300
000000904935963988101510391084119913641513172119653304702900
000000915946971998102310481111126014071576180420454485839200
1938 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7237768338939561022105710921128115311871212124213331539168318944876517254801069413495
741795853914978103410691104113611641195122212721402158717532888497552757218116280
0000001069110411361164119512221272140215871753288849755275721800
0000001080111611451176120412321303147016351824388250735377895600
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 5665
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 68
Points: 5665
Owner: Montana Grampa
 
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