Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 13,450,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.16 (12/14/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1943 S 50C MS obverse 1943 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The year 1943 saw San Francisco's highest production for the entire Walking Liberty series, edging out its previous record from 1918 during World War I. This issue is thus common in all grades through MS-66, though most examples will have average to poor strikes. A sharply struck 1943-S half dollar is a rarity that should command a premium in any Mint State grade.

Obverse die doubling is common on this issue, as a result of a doubled working hub that produced numerous dies. None of these carry any premium, though they are interesting to collect.

1943-S half dollars are found with either the Trumpet-Tail S mintmark or the Large, Serif-Style S. There is little or no difference in rarity between these varieties.

This is one of many dates in the series that can be found lacking the designer's monogrammed "AW" on the reverse. Worn or clashed dies were often repolished, losing such shallow features in the process. While interesting, there is little premium for this oddity.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/31/2019

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1943 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 8.50 12.00 13.00 14.00 17.00 20.00 22.00 25.00 30.00 45.00 47.00 50.00 68.00 95.00 275 575 5100 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 115 345 1000 11000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5431
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1943 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1241039510371162271765622590154830028---5430
--------------37811---20
--------------196141---31
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Total-1241039510371162271765662606156231530---5481
 -0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %2 %0 %0 %3 %10 %48 %28 %6 %1 %--- 
1943 S 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-----1
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----------------1-----1
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Total----------------2-----2
 ----------------100 %----- 

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6/6/2001 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1445, 1445/Lot# 1432 $54.50
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 176 $402.50
2/24/2009 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #29031, 29031/Lot# 23381 $69.00
4/28/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/28/2013, 72/Lot# 111767 $64.53
12/22/2013 NGC MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 148278 $100.00
7/20/2014 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 208737 $77.00
8/10/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 816, 825/Lot# 331 $65.00
4/10/2015 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3529, 6098/Lot# 21132 $99.88
1/30/2019 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131906/Lot# 21415 $134.40


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1943 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base202828282832548110211513515120123026532382013093216440358887715
232828282939638810612214016821124228448998319453612489864970
000000638810612214016821124228448998319453612489800
0000007295111128146184220253304654114625804007539300
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3216
Owner: G.M.Chow Collection
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3216
Owner: jdbusch18
 
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