Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 508,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.46 (1/21/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1916 S 50C MS obverse 1916 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Like the Denver Mint, San Francisco did not receive its dies for the new half dollar until November 27, 1916. Consumed with the production of coins needed more urgently, it struck just 508,000 1916-S halves by year's end. These were released early the following year.

Unlike its Philadelphia Mint cousin, the 1916-S half dollar of comparable mintage was not widely saved in Mint State. Most coin collectors lived in the eastern third of the nation, and only those serious enough about completing their collections bothered to write the San Francisco Mint requesting examples (at that time current coins were obtainable at face value plus postage by writing to each mint). Gems are available at the MS-65 level, but coins grading higher are quite rare. Typically, 1916-S half dollars are the most weakly struck of the three issues, those this problem was then not as severe as it would become in later years.

All 1916-S half dollars bear the tiny mintmark used that same year for cents, nickels, dimes and gold coins.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1916 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 120 180 395 580 680 1100 1250 1380 1560 1750 1900 2125 2800 3900 7050 35000 48500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2900 4850 10150 42500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1254
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 67

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/21/2020 1916 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1752711525943712992272227889313861131---1254
--------1-------------1
---------------322----7
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Total17527115259437129102272227889314163151---1262
 14 %21 %12 %5 %3 %1 %1 %1 %1 %2 %6 %0 %2 %7 %7 %11 %5 %1 %0 %--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base292369474764109213211427152616601744186219362009212425613140419961138633110351389917280
31840457187311681356146015711688178318871960204722702754349348376953943411990150260
00000014601571168817831887196020472270275434934837695394341199000
000000149316151716182319111985208624152947384654757793102341294400
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2561
Owner: Bob Navi
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2561
Owner: JTO
 
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