Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 548,000
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 S 50C MS obverse 1921 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In the recession year of 1921 the San Francisco Mint produced more than twice as many half dollars as its Philadelphia and Denver cousins. This is testimony to the great utility of half dollars in the western states, where silver dollars likewise reigned supreme in commerce. Indeed, it was the San Francisco Mint alone that produced additional half dollars for circulation sporadically during the 1920s, while the other mints suspended such activity until 1929 (Denver) and 1934 (Philadelphia).

Though the most available of the low-mintage 1921 halves in the lower circulated grades, the 1921-S issue surpasses the other two in rarity in grades XF and higher. The population of Mint State pieces is quite low, with gems being exceedingly rare. It's likely that the NGC Census includes some duplication, especially in the grades of MS-64 and MS-65.

Most 1921-S half dollars display poor strikes to varying degrees, adding further to the difficulty of finding superior coins.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1921 S 50C MS
Base $ 70.00 85.00 285 900 5000 7900 10500 13750 15750 18000 21000 25500 35500 48500 115000 245000 - - - -
$ - - - - 16500 - - 27500 - 62500 140000 - - -

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Total Graded: 1468
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: 2/18/2020 1921 S 50C MS

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 S 50C MS
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 4297
Owner: supertooth
Grade: VF 20
Points: 1629
Owner: bikergeek
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