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: $6.17 (8/21/2019)
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: 6/14/2019

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1921 D 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 235 410 715 1250 3875 5375 6450 8200 9750 10000 10600 11600 12700 16300 40000 102500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 11750 - 22500 47500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1832
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1921 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1496075251969415185101020216204184173----1832
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Total1496075251969415185101020216204184183----1833
 8 %33 %29 %11 %5 %1 %1 %0 %1 %1 %1 %0 %1 %1 %2 %5 %1 %0 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
5/28/2006 PCGS XF 40   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 2996 $1,667.50
12/30/2007 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2469, 2469/Lot# 1418 $4,256.00
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2095 $14,157.00
7/21/2013 PCGS G 4   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 761, 770/Lot# 309 $160.00
3/2/2014 NGC G 6   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131410/Lot# 28443 $205.63
4/20/2014 NGC Details G Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131417/Lot# 22191 $146.88
5/5/2014 NGC G 6   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20236 $240.88
10/12/2014 NGC G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 178041 $375.00
1/23/2019 NGC G 4   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131905/Lot# 29490 $132.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 50C MS D
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base65579892512561687268228983094347837044010419644455130591965477683892511385143131776621799
70384010351400201927542963322235533806407242794673539361286926809797451236115464191100
000000296332223553380640724279467353936128692680979745123611546400
0000003029335036293908413443624902565663387304851110565133371661500
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 6547
Owner: Walkerfan
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 2898
Owner: thehorseboy
 
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