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: $8.14 (11/30/2020)
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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1921 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 70.00 85.00 285 900 3950 7900 10500 13750 15750 18000 21000 25750 35500 52000 115000 245000 - - - -
$ - - - - 16500 - - 27500 - 62500 140000 - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1533
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: 11/24/2020 1921 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base73281400324246292714101014-4121254212----1533
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Total73281400324246292714101014-4121254212----1533
 5%18%26%21%16%2%2%1%1%1%1%-0%1%1%4%1%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base201272320793160938174217466952645879620965456951748784729485127571625119601239312893134665
22528847810652345395043684867546959896321668071307815881010576139221736821044255983084236398
000000436848675469598963216680713078158810105761392217368210442559800
000000451850665674609964336816730881449147116661508618484224882726400
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 4217
Owner: supertooth
 
Grade: VF 20
Points: 1609
Owner: bikergeek
 
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