Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 1,940,000
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: $6.94 (9/29/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1917 D REVERSE 50C MS obverse 1917 D REVERSE 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In 1917, the U.S. Mint decided to move the mint mark on the Walking Liberty half dollar from the obverse to the reverse. This change was requested by the Mint Director F.J.H. von Engelken as he personally didn't like the mint mark on the front of the coin. This created two varieties struck in 1917 from the Denver and San Francisco Mints. In both cases, the obverse variety is the rarer of the two.

The Denver Mint only produced some 765,400 Walkers with an obverse mint mark. Striking issues were an issue throughout 1917 at the Denver Mint. Because of this, both the obverse and reverse mint mark 1917 Walking Liberty halves are quite rare in gem. However, even though its mintage was much higher at some 1.9 million coins, the reverse mint mark coin was not as well produced and is therefore actually harder to find in gem and above.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/3/2016

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1917 D REVERSE 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 18.00 24.00 58.00 150 320 575 660 750 1025 1200 1350 1850 2700 4550 18400 36750 55000 - - -
$ 365 - 690 800 1175 - 1500 2200 3350 6900 22500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 601
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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9/20/2009 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 2747, 2747/Lot# 1619 $149.50
8/11/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 4154 $2,760.00
1/29/2012 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 734 $230.00
6/15/2014 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 808, 817/Lot# 144 $800.00
7/6/2014 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202317 $400.00
8/5/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7830 $470.00
8/18/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42460 $235.00
12/3/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1227/Lot# 7644 $763.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 D REVERSE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4154891795158421053123313981499163917252009219027053510613984949850124901562119297
45661192916249121113128814321546166818202069236229734386692489461073013534168460
000000111312881432154616681820206923622973438669248946107301353400
000000117313431465159216961914213025333242526377099398116101457700
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2705
Owner: skinny7569
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2190
Owner: davidmckay
 
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