Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 491,600
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: $7.39 (7/31/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1938 D 50C MS obverse 1938 D 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1938-D half dollar is rather an anomaly, a low-mintage issue produced in the pre-World War II era of generally increasing production at each mint. Made to the extent of a mere 491,600 pieces, the 1938-D is the key to the 'Long Short Set' of Walking Liberty halves that begins with the 1934-PDS mintages.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/3/2016

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1938 D 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 65.00 70.00 95.00 130 170 240 260 315 400 480 525 575 625 950 1425 2400 8000 - - -
$ - - 270 340 425 - 535 600 650 1300 1950 3350 27000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2865
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67


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8/14/2016 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(3), 1238/Lot# 4911


Auction Prices Realized

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9/19/2005 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1759 $1,150.00
4/13/2008 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68043, 68043/Lot# 63387 $2,185.00
2/6/2011 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 211023/Lot# 24860 $94.00
4/15/2013 PCGS G 4   Teletrade Auction 3426, 3426/Lot# 1654 $36.00
9/8/2013 PCGS F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 768, 777/Lot# 7128 $100.00
4/20/2014 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 175978 $165.00
6/16/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20426 $82.25
  NGC MS 65   Bonhams $1,521.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2342983143363785606487298569351042111011441217132115472147256146286166805410339
255303321350439589675771882971106511211168125213961747228532505141679588160
000000675771882971106511211168125213961747228532505141679500
0000007028149091006108711331193128614721947242339395653742500
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2561
Owner: cooperway4
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 2561
Owner: Sierra Collection
 
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