Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,786,000
Catalog: KM-142
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.08 (7/25/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1933 S 50C MS obverse 1933 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Stock Market Crash of 1929 plunged the United States into the Great Depression. Following the financial holocaust, every coinage denomination except the hardy Lincoln cent sat out at least one year between 1929 and 1934. Although the silver dollar suffered the most, the Mint sidelined the half dollar for the duration of 1930, 1931, and 1932. Only in 1933 did half dollar coinage resume, and then only at the San Francisco Mint. Ironically, the 1,786,000 half dollars delivered that year turned out to include some of the best manufactured examples of Adolf Alexander Weinman's Walking Liberty since 1917.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/3/2016

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1933 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 15.00 17.00 20.00 35.00 105 285 335 425 585 660 825 1075 1475 1950 3500 5600 17000 - - -
$ - - 365 460 620 - 900 1175 1600 2450 4250 9200 27500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 970
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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5/18/1998 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1050, 1050/Lot# 1560 $3,210.00
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 829 $1,667.50
4/13/2008 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2515, 2515/Lot# 1667 $1,792.00
2/5/2009 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 331, 337/Lot# 5813 $414.00
12/8/2010 NGC Details AU Details  Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18404/Lot# 2215 $187.00
12/30/2012 PCGS VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/30/2012, 55/Lot# 91936 $28.00
3/24/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131314/Lot# 20250 $123.38
3/6/2015 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 286 $32,900.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1933 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base243241596725551571793610631231133314721668197722613212403655937354949512066
2735476213034258279097811191265137915371771207225783487455561808068103520
0000005827909781119126513791537177120722578348745556180806800
00000065086310211175129914261603187421662895376150746767878100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2261
Owner: Walkerfan
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1231
Owner: Rick's Keepers
 
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