Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 47,818,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.46 (11/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1942 50C MS obverse 1942 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

America's first full year of participation in World War II resulted in a tremendous increase in economic activity, and this is clearly reflected in the high mintages of 1942-45. The Philadelphia Mint nearly doubled its output of half dollars in 1942 over the previous year, and the 1942(P) half dollar is among the most common coins in this popular series. Certified pieces are plentiful through MS-67. Many examples display signs of die erosion, as the dies were run too long as a matter of necessity. Collectors should seek well struck pieces from fresh dies, and these are readily available.

The 1942(P) half dollar has spectacular doubled-die varieties for both obverse and reverse, and these are attributed by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service. Lesser ones are known for the obverse alone, but these are of little interest to collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/14/2020

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1942 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 12.50 12.75 13.00 13.50 17.00 19.00 20.00 22.00 28.00 32.00 38.00 40.00 45.00 65.00 110 160 580 19250 - -
$ - - - - 30.00 - - - 50.00 67.00 115 235 2400 -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 18489
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing G series, 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1942 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-112132414333985300100112221108720875191529926873767--18489
--------------1-134---9
---------------1291910---50
-----------------1----1
Total-112132414333985300100112221108720885203530927103907--18549
 -0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%2%5%0%1%6%11%28%29%15%2%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base324145505067677281891151311511751902553815271246672073247516
354247505667697584981201381591802122974307673071692173887892
000000697584981201381591802122974307673071692100
00000070788610612614416718523333947810064895712300
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 1246
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 1246
Owner: CBC
 
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