Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 1,940,000
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 D REVERSE 50C MS obverse 1917 D REVERSE 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

On February 14, 1917 Mint Director F. J. H. von Engelken instructed the Philadelphia Mint's Engraving Department to relocate the half dollar's mintmark from the obverse to the reverse, noting that "the obverse mintmark had the appearance of a defect in the die and was entirely too prominent." Since von Engelken was a lame duck about to leave office, Philadelphia Mint Superintendent Adam M. Joyce requested written confirmation of that order from the new director, Raymond T. Baker. This was received April 14, and new dies were prepared with the mintmark tucked up against the reverse border.

Production of the revised 1917-D half dollars were more than double that of the first emission. Because the novelty of the coin type had already passed, fewer examples were saved of the 1917-D half dollar with its mintmark on the reverse. Though the earlier issue is more scarce in well worn condition, in grades Very Fine and higher it is the reverse mintmark coins that are more elusive. Very few gems of this entry have been certified by NGC.

All 1917-D Reverse coins have the new D mintmark punch that is a bit more distinct than the one used for 1916-D half dollars.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1917 D REVERSE 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 21.50 42.00 70.00 155 325 575 625 700 975 1175 1375 2050 2850 4000 17000 36500 50000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 3250 5250 21500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 642
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
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 D REVERSE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3133015461637171848106-2666711022431---642
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Total3133015461637171848106-2666721082531---650
 0%2%5%2%7%2%6%3%3%7%16%-4%10%11%17%4%0%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 D REVERSE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59891712726539411073120612521410177219282033249526713324612181539886124901562119297
6911620539974998511171221130515311824196321872554288942566798873110754135341684620262
000000111712211305153118241963218725542889425667988731107541353400
000000116212371357165118761998234126123106518974769308116221457700
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2671
Owner: eholzman
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2495
Owner: davidmckay
 
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