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: $6.52 (2/20/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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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: 1/9/2017

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1921 50C MS
Base $ 170 215 400 925 2300 3150 3400 3950 5250 5750 6300 6900 8750 13250 23000 60000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 7250 9000 18000 26000 - - -

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Total Graded: 1368
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
11/4/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 6924 $15,525.00
5/28/2008 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 1407 $8,625.00
10/22/2008 PCGS G 4   Teletrade Auction 2602, 2602/Lot# 1592 $149.50
5/30/2010 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1622 $163.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1594 $10,465.00
6/26/2011 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/26/2011, 123/Lot# 11806 $144.10
1/15/2012 NGC G 4   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131204/Lot# 24226 $109.25
1/27/2013 PCGS F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 736, 745/Lot# 4221 $310.00
6/16/2014 PCGS VG 10   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20410 $158.63

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 50C MS
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 2233
Owner: supertooth
Grade: UNC Details
Points: 1757
Owner: davidmckay
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