Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 508,000
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: $6.74 (8/24/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1916 S 50C MS obverse 1916 S 50C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The 1916-S is by far the scarcest of the first-year Walking Liberty issues at all grade levels and can only occasionally be located in the lower reaches of Mint State. It is very nearly a full strike with excellent detail on both sides. Bruce Fox discussed the value of such a sharply struck coin: 'Coins that are nicely struck with minimal abrasions commonly sell at or above Coin Dealer Newsletter bid prices at auction.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/3/2016

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1916 S 50C MS
Base $ 115 155 335 515 710 875 975 1175 1475 1600 1750 1950 2475 3400 7000 20000 46500 - - -
$ 750 - 1025 1380 1575 - 1875 2250 2950 4700 8225 26500 - -

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Total Graded: 1059
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
4/2/1993 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions '93 National Gold Convention Bullet #102, 102/Lot# 276 $880.00
6/5/2008 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 254, 260/Lot# 6560 $1,144.25
4/14/2010 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 2838, 2838/Lot# 1790 $184.00
9/4/2011 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1345 $5,060.00
7/29/2012 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/29/2012, 33/Lot# 64658 $259.60
9/23/2012 NGC G 4   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131240/Lot# 26250 $75.00
9/25/2013 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8456 $646.25
6/27/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1468 $998.75
6/29/2014 NGC G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 175968 $80.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1916 S 50C MS
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2561
Owner: JTO
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2124
Owner: davidmckay
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