Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 1,014,400
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.56 (1/20/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1916 D 50C MS obverse 1916 D 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Denver Mint was the only one to produce more than a million of the new half dollars late in 1916. It did this despite the fact that the necessary dies were not received until November 27, 1916.

1916-D half dollars are generally well struck, better so overall than those of the Philadelphia and San Francisco Mints. They make ideal type coins to illustrate this design as it debuted. Examples grading higher than MS-65 are elusive, but they are available to the more advanced collector.

Unique among Walking Liberty Halves coined before the 1930s, the 1916-D is known with a repunched mintmark variety (RPM-001, VP-001). The final impression was punched northeast of the first. This variety appears to be quite scarce, though the fairly high value of 1916-D halves limits the appeal of varieties. All 1916-D halves display the tiny D mintmark with triangular center opening that appears to have not been used for subsequent issues.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1916 D 50C MS
Base $ 50.00 85.00 135 185 275 280 325 385 440 505 530 565 750 1430 2300 3700 21750 - - -
$ - - - - 455 - - 580 860 1450 3000 6400 - -

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Total Graded: 1948
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/14/2020 1916 D 50C MS
 3 %8 %5 %3 %3 %1 %1 %1 %2 %4 %10 %0 %4 %13 %12 %19 %9 %2 %0 %--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 D 50C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2754
Owner: Spires
Grade: MS 64
Points: 1658
Owner: Lambo1
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