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: $6.28 (11/19/2017)
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

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 1921-D Walking Liberty half dollar had the lowest mintage total of any Walker in the entire series. This, coupled with the fact that the U.S. economy was faltering due to World War II, means that not many of this date were saved. This is evidenced by the fact that NGC has only 22 1921-D Walkers at or above the gem level. (8/2016)


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/9/2017

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1921 D 50C MS
Base $ 250 390 625 1250 3050 4650 5200 6500 8500 9650 10500 11350 15500 18800 42500 90000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 11750 - 22500 47500 - - -

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Total Graded: 1659
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66

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6/25/2006 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 2223, 2223/Lot# 1666 $358.40
5/30/2012 PCGS F 12   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2751 $575.00
9/2/2012 NGC Details G Details  Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 939 $236.00
11/25/2012 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/25/2012, 50/Lot# 86279 $226.72
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
9/25/2013 NGC VG 8   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8479 $329.00
11/9/2014 PCGS AG 3   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131446/Lot# 25288 $135.13
12/4/2016 PCGS Genuine VG   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131650/Lot# 23199 $99.00
6/4/2017 NGC VG 8   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131724/Lot# 23139 $211.50

NGC Registry

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