Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,178,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.02 (12/9/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1923 S 50C MS obverse 1923 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The high mintages of 1917-20 and the recession of 1921-22 stalled further half dollar production until the latter months of 1923. The San Francisco Mint alone coined this denomination, and the two million pieces struck in 1923 were enough to supply the demand through 1926.

Though plentiful in well worn condition, examples grading VF and higher are moderately scarce. AU and MS coins are quite elusive and typically reveal so-so strikes. Gems are rare, probably more so than the Census numbers indicate.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/29/2019

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1923 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 24.30 33.00 120 145 540 1530 1700 2125 2825 2900 3300 4375 4500 5950 16100 36500 85000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 4750 6400 24500 50000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 489
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1923 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base16213177212017725402183656812451---489
---------------1------1
--------------12------3
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Total16213177212017725402183657842451---493
 0 %1 %4 %6 %16 %4 %4 %3 %1 %5 %8 %0 %4 %7 %12 %17 %5 %1 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/12/1997 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 0919, 919/Lot# 1430 $327.00
3/24/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions "2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(2)", 1138/Lot# 1087 $1,380.00
9/19/2010 NGC MS 63   Goldberg $3,565.00
7/21/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 125918 $880.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4688 $13,499.58
2/23/2014 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 792, 801/Lot# 564 $1,150.00
6/4/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4580 $9,987.50
6/3/2014 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4078 $317.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1923 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28415414336692512391494172618652053216922742797326438386385820011324142421768221702
32458421755210301324157117721928209222042448295334554687699092411229715389190220
000000132415711772192820922204244829533455468769909241122971538900
0000001409164918191990213022392623310836475536759510283132691653500
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3838
Owner: Walkerfan
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2053
Owner: davidmckay
 
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