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: $5.30 (7/28/2015)
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: 2/26/2015

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1938 D 50C MS
Base $ 70.00 85.00 105 130 175 245 270 325 450 560 625 675 875 1600 2750 7500 - - -
$ 190 260 285 350 470 590 650 750 975 2100 3650 21000 -

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Total Graded: 2757
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 3000 $1,351.25
2/10/2008 NGC MS 63   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2242 $546.25
9/17/2008 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116, 1116/Lot# 971 $1,610.00
11/5/2012 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3376, 3376/Lot# 1635 $1,250.00
4/22/2013 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 3427, 3427/Lot# 1914 $64.63
4/14/2014 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20315 $1,380.63
6/22/2014 PCGS VG 10   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 108364 $74.80
9/7/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 820, 829/Lot# 666 $675.00
  NGC MS 65   Bonhams $1,521.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 D 50C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2561
Owner: cooperway4
Grade: MS 66
Points: 2561
Owner: Sierra Collection
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