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: $8.72 (12/3/2020)
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: 8/14/2020

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1945 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 12.50 12.75 13.00 13.50 15.00 17.00 25.00 32.00 38.00 45.00 39.00 52.00 65.00 82.00 135 275 5500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 70.00 100.00 175 610 16500 -
1945 S 50C MS PL
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3000 4500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 8027
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/1/2020 1945 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--138465431841231387163394291365341---8025
--------------3310243---43
---------------1726242---69
----------------11----2
Total--138465431841231387193414295070246---8139
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1945 S 50C MS PL
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Total---------------11-----2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1945 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base374154596367811021151311551831942092553114637743984423952436925
3845566064728810612013916418719922427436256718444069457458047271
0000008810612013916418719922427436256718444069457400
0000009511112614717419020424029241267029144154490800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 4069
Owner: DHM
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 3984
Owner: jackson64
 
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