Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,552,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.23 (11/28/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1939 S 50C MS obverse 1939 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint had not coined any circulating half dollars since 1937, and its return to this denomination in 1939 produced a similar quantity to that of 1937-S.

Well struck gems can be located for this date, and examples grading through MS-66 are plentiful. The number drop for the MS-67 grade, but there are still enough certified to satisfy the more advanced collectors.

The DDO variety for this date is so similar to those of 1939(P) and 1939-D that it likely represents working hub doubling that was then transferred to working dies for all three mints.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/14/2020

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1939 S 50C MS
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Base $ 13.00 14.00 17.00 18.00 44.00 75.00 85.00 95.00 110 145 170 180 195 210 285 500 1700 15000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2055
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1939 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---314101710101341-1050883497835171373--2055
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---------------141011---26
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Total---314101710101341-1050883507875271493--2082
 ---0%1%0%1%0%0%1%2%-0%2%4%17%38%25%7%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1939 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base375054678117923428832035139552755157560964279311382268608966517251
4151587211419725229933036643953555958662069290815153542627668517614
00000025229933036643953555958662069290815153542627600
000000270309341380483543567598631743102318914815646400
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 6089
Owner: DHM
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2268
Owner: martinlowens
 
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