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: $6.19 (5/23/2017)
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: 1373
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66

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6/11/2017 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1256/Lot# 3690

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9/11/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 282, 288/Lot# 5732 $3,277.50
4/25/2010 PCGS G 4   Teletrade Auction 2843, 2843/Lot# 2037 $149.50
5/30/2010 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1622 $163.00
9/4/2011 NGC MS 62   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1366 $5,060.00
10/9/2011 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131142/Lot# 26835 $138.00
12/18/2011 NGC Details G Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131152/Lot# 27762 $74.00
1/5/2014 NGC F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/05/2014, 176/Lot# 162520 $308.00
6/9/2014 PCGS VG 8   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20403 $205.63
2/7/2016 PCGS G 4   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131607/Lot# 25153 $117.50

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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