Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 12,708,000
Catalog: KM-142
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.69 (7/5/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
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1942 S 50C MS obverse 1942 S 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

In order to deliver such a large total of 12.7 million Half Dollars during the rushed atmosphere of 1942, the San Francisco Mint had to prolong die life to an unacceptable degree. The result was millions of poorly struck coins, many of which are on today's market in circulated and low Mint State grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/3/2015

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1942 S 50C MS
Base $ 12.50 14.50 14.75 15.75 16.75 22.00 23.00 27.00 35.00 48.00 57.00 77.00 130 435 1150 28000 - - -
$ 17.50 23.00 24.00 29.00 38.00 50.00 63.00 85.00 170 525 2600 60000 -

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Total Graded: 4453
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/5/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 156 $460.00
4/29/2008 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28051, 28051/Lot# 21436 $103.50
7/4/2010 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2882, 2882/Lot# 1927 $86.25
10/13/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 8738 $373.75
11/14/2011 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 636, 643/Lot# 201 $408.25
10/20/2013 PCGS MS 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 144246 $644.60
6/1/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131423/Lot# 24828 $59.00
10/19/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131443/Lot# 27462 $164.50
3/31/2015 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 33202 $364.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 S 50C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1860
Owner: CBC
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1860
Owner: MCoins
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