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: $6.53 (2/21/2017)
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

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 REVERSE 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 18.00 20.00 25.00 45.00 95.00 220 275 370 575 640 850 1240 1975 2900 13750 34500 47500 - - -
$ - - - - 590 - - 1350 2150 4500 - 39000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 865
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/17/1997 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0920, 920/Lot# 1287 $70.85
3/20/2003 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2003 Charlotte ANA National Money Signature Sale #316, 316/Lot# 6004 $1,725.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1584 $1,322.50
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1151/Lot# 5598 $11,212.50
12/8/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(2), 1162/Lot# 3820 $862.50
12/13/2012 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20086/Lot# 1112 $11,700.00
7/21/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 128694 $143.00
8/25/2013 PCGS G 4   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 766, 775/Lot# 5107 $43.00
4/1/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7793 $505.25
4/27/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1234/Lot# 4294 $1,997.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1917 S REVERSE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24323767143278456602846983116312711515192823223023574777518925113851431317766
27344792188337505683892104311991352165320592556393164158142974512361154640
00000050568389210431199135216532059255639316415814297451236100
000000553765937110312351434179021912789483970838534105651333700
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1928
Owner: supertooth
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1163
Owner: Chuckachoo7
 
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