Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,786,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.61 (1/26/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1933 S 50C MS obverse 1933 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The year 1933 was one of very limited coinage at the three U. S. Mints, as the Great Depression was at its worst. There was no production of nickels, dimes or quarters at all, and it's difficult to imagine that any additional half dollars were needed, yet the San Francisco Mint struck halves in most months of that year. The annual total was quite substantial, and production continued into the following year, so the demand must have been real.

This issue is remarkable for being among the most consistently well struck coins in the series. Mint State survivors are plentiful, and the number of gems is quite high for one of the "early date" pieces from 1916-33. Worn examples are very common through the grade of Fine.

A doubled-die obverse variety is noted for 1933-S, though the value of this date in higher grades precluded much interest from variety collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/24/2020

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1933 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.00 22.00 34.00 65.00 115 245 260 340 520 770 900 975 1250 1900 3750 6250 16250 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1083
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/21/2020 1933 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-152274304821407718613310498157119607---1083
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---------------1335---12
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Total-1522743048214077186133104981581226312---1095
 -0%0%2%7%3%4%2%4%7%17%0%3%9%9%14%11%6%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1933 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base243241596725551571793610631231133314721668197722613212403655937354949512066
2735476213034258279097811191265137915371771207225783487455561808068103520
0000005827909781119126513791537177120722578348745556180806800
00000065086310211175129914261603187421662895376150746767878100
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3212
Owner: Bob Navi
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3212
Owner: PKOENIG
 
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