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: $6.33 (1/29/2020)
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: 1/24/2020

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1942 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 10.90 11.90 13.40 14.85 17.00 17.50 20.00 22.00 28.00 32.00 37.00 43.00 47.00 65.00 105 160 580 19250 - -
$ - - - - 30.00 - - - 50.00 67.00 115 235 2400 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 18176
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: 1/28/2020 1942 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-11213231433397425995812218104920605094526526753725--18176
--------------1-134---9
---------------12-146---32
-----------------1----1
Total-11213231433397425995812218104920615106526626933825--18218
 -0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%5%0%1%6%11%28%29%15%2%0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base202828282832374572891151311431551792304456741515427357267516
232828282934405478981201351471631963025219542434475763230
000000405478981201351471631963025219542434475700
00000042638310612613915117121337359812353354524200
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 2434
Owner: DHM
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 1515
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
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