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: $6.70 (2/22/2020)
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
Base $ 235 410 780 1300 3875 5625 6450 7975 9750 10000 10600 10900 12100 15700 40000 102500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 11750 - 22500 47500 - - -

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Total Graded: 1861
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2020 1921 D 50C MS

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 D 50C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 6547
Owner: Walkerfan
Grade: XF 45
Points: 2898
Owner: thehorseboy
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