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: $6.42 (10/26/2016)
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
5/23/2007 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2371, 2371/Lot# 1468 $358.40
3/24/2008 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 232, 238/Lot# 738 $276.00
3/17/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(4), 1153/Lot# 8226 $224.25
4/22/2012 NGC Details AG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/22/2012, 19/Lot# 40080 $23.00
6/3/2013 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 3433, 3433/Lot# 2024 $33.00
12/5/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 8063 $470.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1498 $920.00
1/29/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1217/Lot# 3154 $5,405.00
3/27/2015 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5590 $2,702.50

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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