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: $8.67 (12/3/2020)
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/14/2020

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1946 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 12.50 13.00 14.00 15.00 17.00 20.00 23.00 30.00 35.00 45.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 75.00 110 180 1480 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 65.00 80.00 130 340 8500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 9271
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: 12/1/2020 1946 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---131571217412126344129284304134589---9271
--------------22012154---53
--------------22030356---93
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Total---131571217412126344529684347139599---9418
 ---0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%5%32%46%15%1%--- 
1946 S 50C MS PL
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1946 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3741545459727681941231431832012202372723815752197338246126147
384554566373788510413015618920722624930844611162592379251246454
000000788510413015618920722624930844611162592379200
000000799011313617019521423126034551016562987420200
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 2592
Owner: DHM
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 2592
Owner: G.M.Chow Collection
 
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