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: $6.12 (9/25/2017)
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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1386
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Price
9/23/2007 PCGS G 6   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1411 $172.50
5/30/2010 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1622 $163.00
7/11/2010 PCGS AG 3   Teletrade Auction 2886, 2886/Lot# 1767 $103.50
1/15/2012 PCGS G 6   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131204/Lot# 24891 $126.50
10/17/2012 PCGS G 6   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24720 $124.55
1/9/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1181/Lot# 4891 $1,997.50
1/9/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1181/Lot# 4893 $4,846.88
5/18/2014 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 804, 813/Lot# 10163 $256.77
6/29/2014 NGC G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 175971 $125.00
10/9/2016 PCGS Genuine VG   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131642/Lot# 25686 $89.00


NGC Registry

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