Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,292,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.78 (12/5/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1917 50C MS obverse 1917 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

America's entry into The Great War in April of 1917 prompted a tremendous increase in demand for minor and subsidiary coins. This is reflected in the massive production of half dollars at the Philadelphia Mint that year. Indeed, this was a 50% increase over the prior record set in 1876.

Most 1917(P) halves are fairly well struck, and a small percentage are extremely so. In terms of overall quality this issue is superior to that of 1916 and makes for a better type coin. The half dollars of 1916 and early 1917 display textured fields that were incorporated into the artist's original models. During 1917 the U. S. Mint smoothed out the fields to extend die life and give the coins a more conventional appearance.

Gems of the 1917(P) half dollar are common through MS-65, but the number drop off rapidly above that level. A great number of these coins were saved by the general public for the simple reason that they were the first pieces encountered. The small mintage of 1916(P) halves was released at the same time as the first 1917 coins, and the latter far outnumbered them in the channels of commerce. 1917(P) half dollars are frequently seen with very deep toning from having been set aside as souvenirs and then forgotten and stored in less than ideal environments.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1917 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 15.00 21.00 23.00 25.00 65.00 75.00 90.00 105 135 145 160 180 230 470 1170 3150 25000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 330 550 1430 6300 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2437
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
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 1917 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base4159420916921713032105406490686223395---2437
----------1------1----2
--------------316311---24
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Total4159420916921713042105406493702226416---2463
 0%1%0%0%1%0%1%0%1%3%12%0%4%16%20%29%9%2%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3759859414325527228833638146350252764268410951843318374317834907811568
44688811018026127730435140847651056565682113442290459975658249990812146
0000002773043514084765105656568211344229045997565824900
0000002833203664364895196046709581594273660157700866300
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3183
Owner: Macatak
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 3183
Owner: thehorseboy
 
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