Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,940,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.30 (11/30/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1928 S 50C MS obverse 1928 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though fewer were coined, the 1928-S half dollar is otherwise quite similar to that of the previous year. Nearly all pieces are poorly struck, perhaps a little more so than for 1927-S halves. A fair number of Mint State pieces survive, but very few of these are gems.

As with the cent, dime and quarter dollar, two very distinctive S mintmark punches were used for 1928-S halves. The first is the same Small S punch seen on all half dollars 1918-41 and some of those dated 1917 and 1942. The other was unique to 1928 for this series, and it is the Large S used later in the year. This punch is of a style more typical of the 19th Century and was evidently leftover from earlier coinage. Since these varieties are of about equal availability, there seems to be little collector interest in them.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1928 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.50 22.00 28.00 120 325 695 775 975 1400 1200 1350 1950 3150 5350 11450 24500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 5800 17500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 563
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
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 1928 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base29114262102410113446-194158141394----563
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Total29114262102410113446-194158144394----566
 0%2%2%7%11%2%4%2%2%6%8%-3%7%10%25%7%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1928 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4563761675279741271158917251843221222542464282130093396430461059547121291519418798
5167106287676107313771634176419662226232425832884313836994904725210408131511639519738
000000137716341764196622262324258328843138369949047252104081315100
000000148316801804208922402394270229463267400155058400112681417200
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 3009
Owner: davidmckay
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 2212
Owner: supertooth
 
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