Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 8,098,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.78 (12/5/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1941 S 50C MS obverse 1941 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

San Francisco's production of half dollars nearly doubled over that of 1940, a trend that would continued as America progressed from supplying its allies at war to actually participating in it. Like the 1940-S half dollar, this issue is notorious for soft strikes that are quite incomplete on all central design features. While a large number of 1941-S halves were saved at the time, finding a well struck example will be very challenging. Gems are common through MS-65, but the certified population drops off rapidly above that grade.

Most San Francisco Mint coins of the 1940s are known from overpolished dies that display varying degrees of prooflike brilliance. These were actually refinished dies that were given another polish to remove signs of clash marks and erosion so that they could be reinstalled in the press. It's rare that enough prooflike surfaces is seen on such coins for them to be certified by NGC as PL, but 1941-S is one date for which half dollars have been so certified.

Unlike the other four denominations, the half dollar did not transition to a Large S mintmark during 1941. Evidently, there were enough reverse dies on hand having the old Small S of 1917-40 that few new ones were needed. Varieties are known, however, and these include two nice RPMs attributed by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service and a couple lesser ones that are not.

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Last Updated: 8/14/2020

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1941 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 13.00 14.75 16.00 16.50 18.00 30.00 35.00 42.00 60.00 78.00 90.00 95.00 130 225 570 975 24750 - - -
$ - - - 44.00 - - - - 135 250 735 2350 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6070
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: 12/1/2020 1941 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--13652423421043816954221011279292020330---6068
------------1--6711----25
--------------21215161---46
----------------1-----1
Total--13652423421043816964221013281094323031---6140
 --0%0%0%0%0%0%1%2%6%0%2%7%16%46%15%4%1%--- 
1941 S 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------11-----2
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Total---------------11-----2
 ---------------50%50%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1941 S 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4554636367728113118322026832033639546366316492439847288891100913862
4857636468759714819523628532535541752999119124450861195951196014555
00000097148195236285325355417529991191244508611959500
00000011416520725230233037544059613202175646187501030200
1941 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3759596367729412314317123729833638145067412331683740388691100313861
44596064697910413015219325731135140452586013833590789295801195614554
000000104130152193257311351404525860138335907892958000
00000011313616221527832336642759910471533549683801029200
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7403
Owner: DHM
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 1730
Owner: CBC
 
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