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: $6.77 (8/29/2016)
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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1329
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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8/20/2007 NCS AU 51   Teletrade Auction 2411, 2411/Lot# 1455 $168.00
5/30/2010 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1622 $163.00
6/13/2010 PCGS VG 8   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210064, 210064/Lot# 26314 $162.15
9/4/2011 NGC MS 62   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1366 $5,060.00
2/17/2013 NGC AG 3   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/17/2013, 62/Lot# 96654 $82.50
3/3/2013 NGC VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 741, 750/Lot# 142 $210.00
6/2/2014 PCGS F 12   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3484, 6033/Lot# 20245 $293.75
12/3/2015 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(2), 1227/Lot# 3747 $1,762.50
1/6/2016 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(5), 1231/Lot# 5764 $11,750.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4045026429051483223325882890309532233401351436283971487453976453823110552133251660520447
4375497301098173323512689295831383282343935523742427250485749704690051147614418178860
000000268929583138328234393552374242725048574970469005114761441800
000000278930273180334234763590385745735223610176389778124011551200
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 2233
Owner: Doc's Walkers
 
Grade: UNC Details
Points: 1757
Owner: davidmckay
 
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