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: $8.30 (11/30/2020)
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

Just under one million half dollars were coined at the San Francisco Mint before new dies arrived having the mintmark on the coin's obverse. There were then very few collectors of current United States coinage by date and mint, so never particular effort was made to preserve these coins. Mint State examples are fairly scarce, with gems being particularly so. Many survivors are weakly struck along the vertical axis of the Liberty figure and the opposite features of the eagle.

It appears that most or all of this issue bears the tiny S mintmark used for the 1916 issue and retired this year. It displays a distinctive depression within the upper serif, and this serves as a useful diagnostic for detecting coins having an added mintmark. The latter always are of the succeeding style of mintmark.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1917 S OBVERSE 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 48.00 60.00 180 440 1050 1485 1700 2150 2550 2750 2950 4000 5800 11000 31000 49000 200000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 6250 12700 32000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 633
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1917 S OBVERSE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1849744956182781022641164842100292----633
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---------------21-----3
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Total1849744956182781022641164842102302----636
 3%8%12%8%9%3%4%1%2%3%10%0%3%8%7%16%5%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 S OBVERSE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1431942377451333175319072033221225703172331333863685406452858058952015252162511857322737
16020840694114731804194920932331277132193337348638114471620985451143115585170251996123874
0000001949209323312771321933373486381144716209854511431155851702500
0000001991215224512971326633623585393848787134903313341159181779900
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 8058
Owner: PKOENIG
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 5285
Owner: Walkerfan
 
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