Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 1,551,000
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 (11/28/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1920 D 50C MS obverse 1920 D 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As in 1919 it was the Denver Mint that produced the scarcest half dollar for 1920. The low mintage of 1920-D half dollars reflects economic trouble that was already plaguing the Heartland, as farm commodity prices fell almost as soon as the 1914-18 war ended. Mintages remained high on the east and west coasts through 1920, but that would soon change.

The 1920-D half dollar is elusive in grades VF and higher, with Mint State examples being in very short supply. Gems are truly rare, as the NGC Census indicates. In any grade 1920-D halves are apt to be poorly struck with ill-defined details on the highest points of the design.

The repunched mintmark variety illustrated in Bruce Fox's book is almost certainly an example of simple strike doubling. There is no confirmation of an RPM for this entire series after 1916 until 1939.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1920 D 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 42.00 155 270 750 1025 1250 1425 2050 2200 2350 3300 4800 9200 19000 42500 - - - -
$ - - - - 2100 - - 3450 - 13750 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 423
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 1920 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2163467741418351321-7282976151----423
---------------5------5
---------------4------4
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Total2163467741418351321-7282985151----432
 0%4%8%16%17%3%4%1%1%3%5%-2%6%7%20%3%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7210217151592514501692190320332247252526142713318338524935668590469547121291519418798
821252866521100153117621946210423402555264728703406421355187472921310408131511639519738
000000176219462104234025552647287034064213551874729213104081315100
000000183319902176243225842680302636294574610282599380112681417200
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2525
Owner: thehorseboy
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 2033
Owner: triporfreak
 
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