Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,624,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.57 (11/23/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1920 S 50C MS obverse 1920 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint produced a generous quantity of half dollars during 1920, and worn examples of this issue are quite common. Collectors had long sought all S-Mint coins, and this led to a disproportionate survival rate for lower grade pieces. Only in grades VF and higher does the 1920-S half become scarce. Mint State coins are more available than for the rare 1920-D entry, but most are poorly struck. Gems of this date/mint are very scarce and may include coins that are not well struck or were made from eroded and clashed dies. A fully struck example from fresh dies is extremely rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1920 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 27.00 55.00 170 315 585 675 785 1150 1325 1500 2500 3500 5000 18000 45500 75000 - - -
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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 546
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
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: 11/17/2020 1920 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base49153078162414162755-1943559238101---546
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Total49153078162414162755-19455510438111---561
 1%2%3%5%14%3%4%2%3%5%10%-3%8%10%19%7%2%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1920 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base418911122055191611521333139315521843197722122685321635926545927110919113851431317766
579614733067399512121353144616491888205523702862334145767454982011074123611546418654
000000121213531446164918882055237028623341457674549820110741236100
0000001273137314991746193221342527303934675561836210370112301333700
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 4576
Owner: thehorseboy
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 3592
Owner: DHM
 
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