Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,786,000
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: $5.70 (2/12/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1933 S 50C MS obverse 1933 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Stock Market Crash of 1929 plunged the United States into the Great Depression. Following the financial holocaust, every coinage denomination except the hardy Lincoln cent sat out at least one year between 1929 and 1934. Although the silver dollar suffered the most, the Mint sidelined the half dollar for the duration of 1930, 1931, and 1932. Only in 1933 did half dollar coinage resume, and then only at the San Francisco Mint. Ironically, the 1,786,000 half dollars delivered that year turned out to include some of the best manufactured examples of Adolf Alexander Weinman's Walking Liberty since 1917.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/3/2016

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1933 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 15.00 17.00 20.00 35.00 105 285 335 425 585 825 1075 1475 1950 3500 5600 17000 - - -
$ - - 365 460 620 900 1175 1600 2450 4250 9200 27500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 964
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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11/23/1998 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1107, 1107/Lot# 1436 $228.90
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 268 $1,380.00
2/14/2007 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 3983 $1,495.00
4/28/2009 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 2523 $10,925.00
12/8/2010 NGC Details AU Details  Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18404/Lot# 2215 $187.00
7/18/2011 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 602, 609/Lot# 1685 $3,599.50
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7256 $764.93
7/7/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 122023 $57.20
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3639 $12,925.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1933 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base243241596725551571793610631231133314721668197722613212403655937354949512066
2635476112934158279097811191265137915371771207125783486455561808067103520
0000005827909781119126513791537177120712578348645556180806700
00000064986310201175129914251602187421662895376150746767878100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2261
Owner: Walkerfan
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1231
Owner: Rick's Keepers
 
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