Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 246,000
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: $5.80 (5/30/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1921 50C MS obverse 1921 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is the first of three famous and scarce issues within the Walking Liberty series. The mintage of 208,000 coins is the second lowest of the entire run from 1916 to 1947. Bruce Fox commented extensively: 'Even experts have difficulty agreeing on its availability. It does have the second lowest mintage of the series and is obviously rare on this basis alone. At one time considered to be overrated as a condition rarity and an investment vehicle. Currently, it is the least expensive of the 1921 threesome and is normally selected for inclusion in a high-grade date-only set. Although I have seen many nicely struck and a few fully struck specimens, I have difficulty locating pieces having a near full strike with few enough abrasions to grade MS64 or higher.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/3/2016

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1921 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 185 235 435 1075 2500 3300 3600 3950 5600 6750 7300 8400 12700 26000 57500 - - - -
$ - - 3750 4250 5950 - 7750 9500 15000 31500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1299
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
3/12/1993 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1993 Early Spring ANA Bullet Sale #101, 101/Lot# 487 $2,530.00
5/30/2010 NGC MS 63   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1622 $163.00
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1594 $10,465.00
11/21/2010 NCS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 2963, 2963/Lot# 2789 $97.75
9/23/2012 PCGS FA 2   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/23/2012, 41/Lot# 73972 $45.00
3/3/2013 NGC VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 741, 750/Lot# 142 $210.00
12/5/2013 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1192/Lot# 3426 $1,410.00
5/19/2014 NGC G 6   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20299 $138.65


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1921 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4045026429051483223325882890309532233401351436283971487453976453823110552133251660520447
4375497301098173323512689295831383282343935523742427250485749704690051147614418178860
000000268929583138328234393552374242725048574970469005114761441800
000000278930273180334234763590385745735223610176389778124011551200
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 2233
Owner: Doc's Walkers
 
Grade: UNC Details
Points: 1757
Owner: davidmckay
 
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