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: $6.02 (12/8/2019)
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: 11/22/2019

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1920 D 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 40.50 161 360 745 1220 1380 1670 2100 2250 2425 3375 5100 9000 19000 42500 - - - -
$ - - - - 2100 - - 3450 - 13750 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 411
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: 12/3/2019 1920 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2133164711420341323-7272974151----411
---------------5------5
---------------2------2
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Total2133164711420341323-7272981151----418
 0 %3 %7 %15 %17 %3 %5 %1 %1 %3 %6 %-2 %6 %7 %19 %4 %0 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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5/27/2009 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 7947 $633.65
2/20/2011 NGC VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3017, 3017/Lot# 1656 $276.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1362 $8,338.00
2/16/2014 NGC VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 142300 $229.90
10/8/2014 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1210/Lot# 3585 $3,525.00
10/10/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15303 $552.25
4/10/2016 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131616/Lot# 25078 $205.63
9/7/2017 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1259/Lot# 3866 $10,500.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41548530476411681440166818261924206121472579292134704406623773979547121291519418798
456415845789912591516172118591970209022912693310437825016662481141040813151163950
000000151617211859197020902291269331043782501666248114104081315100
000000159217731891201521182435280732874094562770108830112681417200
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2061
Owner: thehorseboy
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 1168
Owner: supertooth
 
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