Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 246,000
Catalog: KM-142
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.33 (10/21/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1921 50C MS obverse 1921 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

In 1921, the three U.S. Mints were required to strike tens of millions of silver dollars. Because of this, the smaller denominations were essentially ignored. This explains the low mintage of the 1921 Walking Liberty halves from all three mint locations.

The Philadelphia issue in 1921 had a mintage of only 246,000 pieces, the second lowest mintage of the Walker series. This date is slightly more available than the Denver issue in terms of gem examples, but only slightly. It is still a major rarity that commands a large premium in high grade.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/3/2016

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1921 50C MS
Base $ 185 235 435 1075 2500 3300 3600 3950 5600 6250 6750 7300 8400 12700 26000 57500 - - - -
$ - - 3750 4250 5950 - - 7750 9500 15000 31500 - - -

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Total Graded: 1342
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66

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11/9/2016 F 15   Stack's Bowers November 2016 Baltimore, 6151/Lot# 7077

Auction Prices Realized

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12/4/2006 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 116, 121/Lot# 1319 $13,800.00
9/23/2007 PCGS G 6   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1411 $172.50
2/1/2010 PCGS AG 3   Teletrade Auction 2806, 2806/Lot# 1449 $92.00
5/30/2010 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1622 $163.00
1/8/2012 NGC G 4   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131203/Lot# 23321 $115.00
5/30/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(2), 1171/Lot# 4064 $2,185.00
8/26/2012 NGC G 6   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131236/Lot# 28152 $117.50
6/23/2013 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/23/2013, 80/Lot# 120380 $370.70
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2309 $8,812.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 50C MS
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 2233
Owner: Doc's Walkers
Grade: UNC Details
Points: 1757
Owner: davidmckay
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