Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 548,000
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.37 (6/17/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1921 S 50C MS obverse 1921 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In the recession year of 1921 the San Francisco Mint produced more than twice as many half dollars as its Philadelphia and Denver cousins. This is testimony to the great utility of half dollars in the western states, where silver dollars likewise reigned supreme in commerce. Indeed, it was the San Francisco Mint alone that produced additional half dollars for circulation sporadically during the 1920s, while the other mints suspended such activity until 1929 (Denver) and 1934 (Philadelphia).

Though the most available of the low-mintage 1921 halves in the lower circulated grades, the 1921-S issue surpasses the other two in rarity in grades XF and higher. The population of Mint State pieces is quite low, with gems being exceedingly rare. It's likely that the NGC Census includes some duplication, especially in the grades of MS-64 and MS-65.

Most 1921-S half dollars display poor strikes to varying degrees, adding further to the difficulty of finding superior coins.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/7/2019

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1921 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 66.00 85.00 280 900 5000 7900 10500 13750 15750 18000 21000 25750 35500 48500 116000 245000 - - - -
$ - - - - 16500 - - 27500 - 62500 139000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1408
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/11/2019 1921 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base5525136529623429271310914-4121254212----1408
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Total5525136529623429271310914-4121354212----1409
 4 %18 %26 %21 %17 %2 %2 %1 %1 %1 %1 %-0 %1 %1 %4 %1 %0 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/11/2007 PCGS AU 53   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1484 $9,200.00
5/8/2008 NGC VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 245, 251/Lot# 5844 $701.50
7/19/2009 NGC VG 10   Teletrade Auction 2720, 2720/Lot# 1779 $138.00
11/21/2010 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 210115/Lot# 25312 $94.00
9/7/2011 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1159/Lot# 3490 $4,025.00
11/11/2012 PCGS AG 3   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/11/2012, 48/Lot# 81599 $36.00
5/25/2014 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22355 $616.88
5/29/2016 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131623/Lot# 21121 $235.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 50C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base151198357820162937474297475652365520590361376605738682299459118831588119601239312893134665
1672515111090233539304450491653315648598162936865766786391026713216171212104425598308420
000000445049165331564859816293686576678639102671321617121210442559800
000000460350765425577560596449712679489049110751454818361224882726400
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Grade: XF 45
Points: 4297
Owner: supertooth
 
Grade: VF 25
Points: 1629
Owner: CBC
 
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