Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 12,708,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.09 (2/28/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1942 S 50C MS obverse 1942 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

San Francisco's production of half dollars advanced about 50% over that of 1941. Though many rolls of BU coins were saved, most survivors are poorly struck from worn, overused dies. While large numbers of this issue have been certified as high as MS-66, sharply struck examples are very scarce.

The majority of 1942-S half dollars display larger mintmarks than in previous years. Two new styles were used: the Trumpet Tail S and the Large S with bold serifs. Leftover dies having the Small S of 1917-40 were also used, but examples with the old mintmark are slightly scarce.

A nice DDO variety is known for this issue, along with several lesser ones of little interest. NGC attributes the bold one under its VarietyPlus Service, and this obverse is found paired with a Trumpet Tail S reverse.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1942 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 9.50 12.00 13.00 15.00 17.00 20.00 21.00 25.00 28.00 40.00 43.00 52.00 75.00 125 325 775 24500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 77.00 145 420 1850 34000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4675
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: 2/25/2020 1942 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--1454131014501311391785972323111517515---4675
--------------2364----15
---------------1678----31
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Total--1454131014501311391785992342112818715---4721
 --0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%3%0%1%4%13%50%24%4%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2028282828325476981151351511982343013691066186050336666866211070
2328282829396183104122140167210256324601133129185577733194650
0000006183104122140167210256324601133129185577733100
0000006991109128146182222279346834159539756122799700
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 5033
Owner: DHM
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1860
Owner: CBC
 
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