Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 1,014,400
Catalog: KM-142
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.37 (10/24/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1916 D 50C MS obverse 1916 D 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Noted Walking Liberty half dollar expert Bruce Fox has stated that he believes the Denver Mint had a policy in place in 1916 that was meant to preserve die life by increasing the space between the dies. This would explain the mushy strikes often found on the 1916-D Walkers. However, even though strikes were often weak, quality was high as evidenced by the availability of this date in gem and above.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/3/2016

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1916 D 50C MS
Base $ 50.00 62.00 95.00 155 245 290 310 335 400 425 445 520 660 1325 2650 5050 24500 - - -
$ 260 - 325 350 420 - 475 590 765 1625 3400 7000 - -

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Total Graded: 1776
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 1022 $432.40
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 154 $603.75
7/30/2008 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2008 July-August Baltimore, MD (ANA) US Coin Signature Auction #1114, 1114/Lot# 8497 $345.00
11/22/2009 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2774, 2774/Lot# 2200 $414.00
2/3/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1152/Lot# 3775 $2,990.00
1/9/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1181/Lot# 10667 $366.60
4/20/2014 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 188361 $277.20
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4066 $258.50
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(3), 1238/Lot# 4832 $4,230.00

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: sweeper_dean
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