Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 208,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.14 (11/30/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1921 D 50C MS obverse 1921 D 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue is noteworthy as having the lowest mintage of the Walking Liberty series. The recession of 1921-22 hit the agricultural community hardest, as the end of World War I led to a sharp drop-off in foreign demand for America's harvests. The prices for farm products, both domestically and internationally, remained low throughout the 1920s, a time of general prosperity for other sectors. This had an obvious effect on much of the Denver Mint's output, as its coins served the Heartland.

The typical 1921-D half dollar is noticeably better struck than its East Coast and West Coast cousins. Luster is also excellent on Mint State coins, though few of them are to be found. Gems are very rare.

As is the case with most early date Walking Liberty Halves, the variety listed in Bruce Fox's book is another case of simple strike doubling and not a doubled-die.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1921 D 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 250 390 625 1300 3050 4650 5200 6500 8500 9650 10500 11350 15500 18800 42500 90000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 11750 - 22500 47500 - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1933
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1921 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base15764156020310315185101120217214189173----1933
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Total15764156020310315185101120217214189183----1934
 8%33%29%10%5%1%1%0%1%1%1%0%1%1%2%5%1%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base36645069510051483260033963706402443614744510451585285534755826201884913364143131776621799
394532798116418552865349938124136448948645122520053065425578870841035413680154641911022889
0000003499381241364489486451225200530654255788708410354136801546400
0000003603391842494616498451405243532655045995796611859139971661500
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 5582
Owner: Walkerfan
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 5582
Owner: Walkerfan
 
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