Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,554,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.23 (11/30/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1917 S REVERSE 50C MS obverse 1917 S REVERSE 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Per a directive from Mint Director F. J. H. von Engelken the mintmark was relocated to this coin's reverse early in 1917. The San Francisco Mint aggressively coined halves following this change, and the 1917-S Reverse variety has always been fairly common in circulated grades and at the lower grades of Mint State. Gems are another matter entirely, with very few pieces grading higher than MS-64. This issue seems to be even more subject to striking deficiency than the 1917-S Obverse halves.

No varieties are noted, but it is worth mentioning that all seen carry the new S mintmark adopted this year and used as late as 1942. This is a bit larger than the previous letter, and it has more prominent serifs.

The textured fields that were a part of Weinman's models and are seen on earlier issues of this coin type were eradicated by Chief Engraver George T. Morgan. All or most of the 1917-S Reverse half dollars have smooth, brilliant fields, as do all subsequent Walking Liberty Halves.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1917 S REVERSE 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 18.00 21.50 35.00 45.00 95.00 220 300 380 590 660 850 1240 2000 2975 13750 34500 54500 - - -
$ - - - - 590 - - 1350 2150 4500 18000 42000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 939
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
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: 11/24/2020 1917 S REVERSE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base52218173412181326461483541581042292642---939
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Total52218173412181326461483541581042332642---943
 1%2%2%2%4%1%2%1%3%5%16%0%6%17%11%25%3%0%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 S REVERSE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base416789143209351515674820958125813451578192823022614514283839886113851431317766
507410716525640656872386610581287142316952053240634576222888410386123611546418654
000000568723866105812871423169520532406345762228884103861236100
000000621771912115813161500181121772510429973039385108851333700
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1928
Owner: supertooth
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1578
Owner: Lambo1
 
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