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: $9.60 (8/15/2020)
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: 8/14/2020

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1933 S 50C MS
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Base $ 16.25 18.25 34.00 65.00 115 245 260 340 520 770 850 975 1250 1900 3750 6250 16250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2250 4100 9250 27500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1119
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/11/2020 1933 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1823773051214180192134105104164120607---1119
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Total-18237730512141801921341051041651236412---1132
 -0%1%2%7%3%5%2%4%7%17%0%3%9%9%15%11%6%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1933 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4167891392554095867157458911166147216091683192824013345421762867354949512066
50741061783064686297257949831268151816341765208627163636490766428068103520
000000629725794983126815181634176520862716363649076642806800
0000006727358421074137015631658184622433030392655966998878100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2401
Owner: Walkerfan
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1166
Owner: coin+man
 
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