Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,724,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.17 (12/16/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1946 S 50C MS obverse 1946 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The end of World War II in 1945 led to greatly reduced manufacturing, layoffs and other signs of post-war recession. Mintages declined, reflecting this reduced activity, and the San Francisco Mint would not coin half dollars for circulation again until 1949.

Hoarding of San Francisco Mint coins was well established by 1946, so examples in Mint State are quite common. Most, however, are rather poorly struck, and finding a sharp piece from fresh dies can be very challenging. Gems certified through MS-66 are readily available, while MS-67 examples are rare.

Two different styles of mintmark were used for this issue, the Knob-Tail S and the Trumpet-Tail S, but there is little distinction in rarity. Two repunched-mintmark varieties are known, both having the Trumpet-Tail S. Doubled-dies are known for both sides, but all are minor and of interest only to specialists.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/6/2019

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1946 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 8.55 14.00 15.00 15.00 18.00 20.00 23.00 28.00 34.00 40.00 45.00 50.00 60.00 70.00 105 180 1600 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 62.00 80.00 130 340 8500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9109
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: 12/10/2019 1946 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---131471215382126243728524265132177---9109
--------------21911154---51
--------------21927164---68
----------------1-----1
Total---131471215382126244128904304135285---9229
 ---0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %5 %31 %47 %15 %1 %--- 
1946 S 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------------------
---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
 ---------------100 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
5/16/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26054, 26054/Lot# 11312 $60.00
5/29/2011 NGC MS 66   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 309 $184.00
10/11/2011 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3153, 3153/Lot# 1130 $139.00
4/13/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 186142 $121.85
4/20/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131417/Lot# 22874 $112.80
5/19/2014 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20328 $162.15
7/25/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22315 $109.28
11/23/2014 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 831, 840/Lot# 127 $525.00
7/17/2016 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131630/Lot# 27237 $94.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1946 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2028282828375472891061231391551752122514877852414338246126147
23282828314360789511212814416218722533058613282737379251240
00000060789511212814416218722533058613282737379200
000000668310011713415016820023840868618713059420200
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 2737
Owner: DHM
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2737
Owner: G.M.Chow Collection
 
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