Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 3,853,040
Catalog: KM-142
Obverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Reverse Designer: Adolph A. Weinman
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.92 (5/25/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1918 D 50C MS obverse 1918 D 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1918-D was produced to the extent of 3.8 million pieces. This is not a particularly large mintage for the Walking Liberty Half Dollar (especially considering that 1918 is a war year), but the striking quality for this issue did not benefit from this fact. It seems likely that the coinage staff in Denver purposely spaced the dies too far apart in an effort to increase time spent in the press. While this may have helped with production needs at the time, the ultimate result as far as collectors are concerned is a plethora of poorly struck coins. What's more, the '18-D does not appear to have been preserved in significant numbers at the time, and high quality Mint State coins of any striking quality are difficult to come by in today's market. As a Gem, the 1918-D is more difficult to obtain than the lower mintage 1917-S Obverse.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/3/2016

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1918 D 50C MS
Base $ 17.50 19.00 45.00 110 285 570 690 940 1400 1800 2300 3450 5600 31000 75000 - - - -
$ 320 - 750 1050 1450 1950 3000 4300 7500 37500 - - -

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Total Graded: 759
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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9/27/1999 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1215, 1215/Lot# 1383 $790.25
4/26/2006 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2006 April (CSNS) Signature Auction #404, 404/Lot# 2919 $2,185.00
9/4/2011 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1355 $5,290.00
11/27/2011 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/27/2011, 146/Lot# 26777 $32.01
12/11/2011 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131151/Lot# 25510 $460.00
7/12/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 8700 $301.30
10/21/2012 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131244/Lot# 24660 $129.25
6/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2093 $4,680.00
8/25/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 766, 775/Lot# 5108 $56.00
3/13/2015 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3525, 6094/Lot# 22193 $399.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1918 D 50C MS
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1639
Owner: thehorseboy
Grade: XF 45
Points: 997
Owner: Doc's Walkers
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