Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,550,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.13 (12/12/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1940 S 50C MS obverse 1940 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1940-S half dollar is notorious as perhaps the rarest entry in this series having a full strike. Nearly all examples are quite poorly struck, with no detail on Liberty's torso, her left leg, the eagle's breast and its left leg. Aside from the strike issue, it is a common coin through MS-65, with rapidly falling numbers in higher grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/6/2019

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1940 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 10.45 15.00 16.00 17.00 17.25 27.50 30.00 34.00 41.00 47.00 50.00 55.00 75.00 120 285 770 14500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 80.00 175 350 1500 30000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3133
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: 12/10/2019 1940 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--32346196721133156405148776515315---3131
-------------1561-----13
---------------662----14
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Total--32346196721133157410149977215515---3158
 --0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %2 %0 %1 %5 %13 %47 %24 %5 %0 %--- 
1940 S 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------2------2
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Total---------------2------2
 ---------------100 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/4/2001 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1455, 1455/Lot# 1541 $228.90
3/6/2006 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 March Palm Beach, FL Online Session #413, 413/Lot# 7775 $373.75
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 343 $132.00
4/27/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 10815 $104.00
4/14/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 747, 756/Lot# 214 $155.00
12/29/2013 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 160587 $269.50
6/30/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20334 $276.13
9/12/2018 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131838/Lot# 25562 $223.20


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1940 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base202828282832598911913917119019821233940480916684392587476989910
2328282829416999126150177193203254361539109525764886648284350
0000006999126150177193203254361539109525764886648200
00000079109132160184195207297382674138234845380709000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4392
Owner: DHM
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 4392
Owner: Vespasian49
 
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