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: $8.81 (12/4/2020)
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 $ 120 180 325 520 715 1100 1075 1300 1575 1700 1900 2185 2800 3900 7050 35000 47500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2900 4850 10150 42500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1294
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: 12/1/2020 1916 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base18127915764477139102073227899514066141---1294
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--------------1322----8
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Total18127915764477139112073227899614368161---1303
 14%21%12%5%4%1%1%1%1%2%6%0%2%7%7%11%5%1%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base366423575982124613691558179919732033216923022401254029103406444584289485110351389917280
38547471110701287143216381857199320782213233524472663307537525773878010002119901502618144
000000163818571993207822132335244726633075375257738780100021199000
000000171919152013212422582368249427873241409971009133105181294400
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2910
Owner: Don Essick
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2910
Owner: JTO
 
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