Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 10,156,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.24 (2/28/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1945 S 50C MS obverse 1945 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint coined just over 10 million half dollars during 1945, a slight increase from 1944's total. This work seems to have been performed with little care or attention to quality control, and most examples are poorly struck at their centers. Nonetheless, the certified population of gems is quite high, as strike is not a major component in market grading. Collectors will want to sift through all these gems to find one with sharper details.

A trivial DDO variety is illustrated in Kevin Flynn's book on this series, but it of interest solely to specialists. The overwhelming majority of 1945-S halves display the Knob-Tail S mintmark which would carry into 1946. A very few, however, have the older Large, Serif S mintmark, and this is a variety to seek.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/17/2020

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1945 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 9.50 12.00 15.00 16.00 17.00 25.00 28.00 32.00 38.00 45.00 48.00 52.00 65.00 82.00 135 275 5500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 70.00 100.00 175 610 16500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 7883
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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 1945 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---38465428811231357123312288763339---7881
--------------3310233---42
---------------1624181---59
----------------11----2
Total---38465428811231357153331292267543---7984
 ---0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%2%9%42%37%8%1%--- 
1945 S 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------11-----2
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Total---------------11-----2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1945 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20282828283245638510212714315117919824150211032807388552436925
23282828293651709111013214616018521232870216713166433858040
00000051709111013214616018521232870216713166433800
00000057789611913814817019222741590322393526479000
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 3166
Owner: DHM
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2807
Owner: jackson64
 
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