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: $6.04 (12/8/2019)
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: 11/29/2019

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1928 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.90 23.65 35.50 115 320 690 770 1020 1390 1520 1720 2425 3000 4750 11450 24500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 5800 17500 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 539
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: 12/3/2019 1928 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base28836588248113344-184057141394----539
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Total28836588248113344-184057144394----542
 0 %1 %1 %7 %11 %1 %4 %1 %2 %6 %8 %-3 %7 %11 %27 %7 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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9/19/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1750 $1,782.50
7/12/2012 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 8722 $920.00
9/16/2012 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 3347, 3347/Lot# 1634 $18.00
7/7/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 121897 $266.20
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 10178 $17,037.50
6/8/2017 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1256/Lot# 3696 $6,462.50
2/6/2019 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131907/Lot# 23545 $336.00
7/11/2019 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2019 July 11 - 14 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1297/Lot# 3544 $4,200.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1928 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20283263268602847104812861426161217251817236229003567528573979547121291519418798
232942131379684914112713331488165017561999254131224140598981141040813151163950
00000091411271333148816501756199925413122414059898114104081315100
00000098112071379155016871786218027213345471266938830112681417200
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2900
Owner: davidmckay
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1612
Owner: supertooth
 
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