Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 491,600
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: $5.75 (12/18/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1938 D 50C MS obverse 1938 D 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1938-D half dollar is rather an anomaly, a low-mintage issue produced in the pre-World War II era of generally increasing production at each mint. Made to the extent of a mere 491,600 pieces, the 1938-D is the key to the 'Long Short Set' of Walking Liberty halves that begins with the 1934-PDS mintages.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/3/2014

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1938 D 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 70.00 85.00 105 130 175 175 245 270 325 450 480 560 625 675 875 1600 2750 7500 - - -
$ 190 260 285 350 470 500 590 650 750 975 2100 3550 21000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2656
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/1/2004 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1838, 1838/Lot# 1160 $1,320.00
2/20/2005 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1316 $1,093.00
2/7/2008 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 219, 225/Lot# 5692 $1,725.00
1/23/2011 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 211021/Lot# 20937 $195.50
9/23/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131240/Lot# 27076 $53.00
12/22/2013 NGC G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 96924 $45.00
9/7/2014 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 214607 $70.00
10/24/2014 PCGS VF 20   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3505, 6059/Lot# 23241 $58.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2342983143363785606487298569351042111011441217132115472147256146286166805410339
255303321350438589675771882970106411211168125113961747228532505140679588150
000000675771882970106411211168125113961747228532505140679500
0000007028139081006108711321192128614711947242339395653742400
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2561
Owner: cooperway4
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 2561
Owner: Sierra Collection
 
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