Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 246,000
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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1921 50C MS obverse 1921 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Mintages plunged during 1921, as America entered a short but severe economic recession that lasted into the early part of 1923. It's tempting to blame the low production of 1921 minor and fractional coins to the urgency of replacing all the silver dollars melted under the 1918 Pittman Act, but this simply isn't the case. When the coining of 1921 Morgan Dollars began in the spring the minting of most other denominations had already slowed to a trickle.

This issue was fairly scarce in circulation while silver coins were still current, but enough worn pieces were hoarded by collectors to make coins grading less than Very Fine always available when desired. Examples grading at or close to Mint State are far fewer. Gems are rather elusive and typically reveal some weakness of strike at the upper part of the obverse and lower reverse, suggesting that the die faces were not quite parallel.

As with several other United States coin denominations in 1921 the obverse hub of the half dollar was given a makeover. The fine lines of Liberty's gown representing the flag's red stripes were deeply incised, and the rays of the sun were given slim but effective outlines. Though this latter feature soon wore off of the hub, it resulted in nicer details on the halves of 1921, and the sharpened stripes survived long afterward.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1921 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 170 235 435 1000 2300 3150 3400 3950 5250 5750 6300 6900 8750 13250 23000 60000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 7250 9000 18000 26000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1584
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1921 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base141502423153863015441327111254175312----1584
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Total141502423153863015441427111264175312----1586
 9%32%27%10%5%2%1%0%0%1%2%0%1%2%3%5%2%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base437551695104417072727298731603194342739024064423144034805579273401022610552133251660520447
475599811126520472814304531713272358539564120428845375134630883021033511476144181788621469
0000003045317132723585395641204288453751346308830210335114761441800
0000003102318333493744401041754346467154636824926410443124011551200
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 7340
Owner: Walkerfan
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 4231
Owner: Lambo1
 
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