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: $6.53 (2/19/2017)
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

In 1942, the United States had just entered WWII. Due to this, there was increased pressure on the San Francisco mint to strike more coins. This led to the mint having to prolong die life, creating millions of inferior quality coins. While NGC has graded some 1942-S Walkers above the MS66 level, those coins are few and far between.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/9/2017

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1942 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 12.00 14.00 15.00 16.00 18.00 22.00 23.00 27.00 35.00 37.00 45.00 50.00 70.00 100.00 300 900 25000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 75.00 115 450 1850 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4542
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/10/2008 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2252 $345.00
4/21/2008 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 240, 246/Lot# 771 $391.00
8/15/2010 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2906, 2906/Lot# 1702 $92.00
1/22/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/22/2012, 4/Lot# 34290 $363.00
4/28/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20308 $423.00
7/25/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22305 $88.13
1/8/2017 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131703/Lot# 25577 $61.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2028282828325476981151351511982343013691066186050336666866211070
2328282829396183104122140167210256324601133129185577733194650
0000006183104122140167210256324601133129185577733100
0000006991109128146182222279346834159539756122799700
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1860
Owner: CBC
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1860
Owner: jackson64
 
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