Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 608,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.49 (11/26/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1916 50C MS obverse 1916 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In an invitational competition to create new designs for the dime, quarter dollar and half dollar Adolph A. Weinman was awarded the commission for the smallest and larges of these. After an extensive development process that saw several pattern pieces rejected, the final design seen here was approved late in the year. Mint Director F. J. H. von Engelken did not order dies to be produced for mass production until November 11, 1916. In the mean time, production of silver coins bearing the existing Barber design had been delayed as long as possible. While additional half dollars were not immediately needed, dimes and quarters were in great demand, so these were struck with the 1916 date.

The first 1916 Philadelphia Mint half dollars were not released to circulation until early in the following year, and they were mixed in with shipments of 1917-dated coins. Nevertheless, collectors were able to secure a sufficient quantity of unworn pieces to make the 1916(P) readily available today in the lower grades of Mint State. For the advanced collector there are even enough coins grading through MS-66, though the population drops off precipitously above that level. Most 1916(P) half dollars are well struck, though not as sharp as the best 1917(P) examples.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1916 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 75.00 105 190 250 310 335 345 390 435 460 550 735 1180 2975 5600 17500 30000 - -
$ - - - - 400 - - - - 1380 3400 7750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1713
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1916 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base40137876465222419154612233820127233814960101--1713
-----------------11---2
--------------1934----17
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Total40137876465222419154612233820127334715265111--1732
 2%8%5%4%4%1%1%1%1%3%7%0%2%12%16%20%9%4%1%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base155220288409631725793838882900974104410811278143318692997401664737960914211644
177243328483662748808853888925997105611471330157822453337483569698354997612226
00000080885388892599710561147133015782245333748356969835400
000000823867894949102110691212138117242621367656547464874800
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2245
Owner: Fernando Baez Guerrero - Dominican Republic
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1869
Owner: CBC
 
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