Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 208,000
Catalog: KM-142
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.36 (10/21/2016)
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: 2/3/2016

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1921 D 50C MS
Base $ 310 385 615 1375 2950 4500 5200 6500 8900 9500 10500 11700 16000 19500 42000 77500 - - - -
$ - - 5400 7000 9100 - - 13000 17500 24450 47500 122500 - -

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Total Graded: 1588
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66

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12/18/2011 NGC Details G Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131152/Lot# 26455 $109.25
5/27/2012 PCGS XF 40   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1060 $2,223.00
10/7/2012 NGC AG 3   Teletrade Auction 3359, 3359/Lot# 1671 $138.00
12/30/2012 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/30/2012, 55/Lot# 93041 $254.10
2/9/2014 PCGS G 6   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 790, 799/Lot# 612 $300.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1505 $12,650.00
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10177 $14,100.00
1/18/2015 PCGS G 4   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131504/Lot# 28172 $205.63
12/6/2015 PCGS G 6   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131550/Lot# 25685 $205.63

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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