Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,090,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.35 (9/25/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1937 S 50C MS obverse 1937 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The output of half dollars from the San Francisco Mint was nearly halved from the previous year, a reflection of the 1937-38 recession that delayed a full recovery from the Great Depression. While enough rolls of fresh coins were saved that the 1937-S half dollar will always be plentiful in Mint State, most examples are noticeably weakly struck. Fully formed gems thus carry a premium.

No varieties have been reported for this issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/14/2020

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1937 S 50C MS
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Base $ 13.75 15.00 18.50 24.00 40.00 70.00 72.00 80.00 130 170 175 190 210 290 490 1035 5125 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1308
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1937 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--314814781447265312844940114121---1307
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---------------2146---13
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Total--314814781447265312845140214527---1320
 --0%0%0%1%1%1%1%1%4%0%0%4%10%34%30%11%2%--- 
1937 S 50C MS PL
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Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1937 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3750597698163220272278304450551563597642802112417813657533870429117
41536583120182237274287353484555574612695909134324064217590677340
000000237274287353484555574612695909134324064217590600
0000002552762954015175595866277491017156230324778647400
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1781
Owner: CBC
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1781
Owner: Spires
 
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