Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 952,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.16 (10/18/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1917 S OBVERSE 50C MS obverse 1917 S OBVERSE 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.

In fact, in San Francisco, the mint struck only 952,000 coins with the obverse mint mark versus over 5.5 million with the reverse. Because of this, the obverse mint mark variety is usually worth more than the reverse. However, both types suffer from weak strikes, which severely limit the grades. Both are quite rare in gem, and nearly impossible to find above gem.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/9/2017

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1917 S OBVERSE 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 30.00 60.00 180 440 765 1485 1700 2150 2550 2750 2950 4000 5800 8650 28000 49000 200000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 6250 11900 31000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 561
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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5/27/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 250, 256/Lot# 541 $1,725.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1350 $3,910.00
3/18/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 40083 $21.00
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1181/Lot# 4874 $6,462.50
1/28/2013 PCGS G 4   Teletrade Auction 3415, 3415/Lot# 1824 $15.00
3/28/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5411 $1,292.50
9/18/2016 NGC F 15   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131639/Lot# 27915 $152.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 S 50C MS OBVERSE
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base76102194502974148317672009223723752565268228603154401348246925941111966150011857322737
851332976591144157818482085228324382604274129583440428355247754102631297816192199610
0000001848208522832438260427412958344042835524775410263129781619200
0000001928216123292502264328013056372745546225858211114139891738200
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 4824
Owner: Walkerfan
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 4013
Owner: davidmckay
 
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