Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: Denver
Mintage: 491,600
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: $5.73 (2/13/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1938 D 50C MS obverse 1938 D 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1938-D half dollar is rather an anomaly, a low-mintage issue produced in the pre-World War II era of generally increasing production at each mint. Made to the extent of a mere 491,600 pieces, the 1938-D is the key to the 'Long Short Set' of Walking Liberty halves that begins with the 1934-PDS mintages.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/3/2016

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1938 D 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 65.00 70.00 95.00 130 170 240 260 315 400 525 575 625 950 1425 2400 8000 - - -
$ - - 270 340 425 535 600 650 1300 1950 3350 27000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2821
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/25/2002 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22072, 22072/Lot# 13273 $719.90
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 160 $603.75
12/11/2011 NGC VF 25   Teletrade Auction 3187, 3187/Lot# 2448 $80.50
1/15/2012 NGC VG 8   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131204/Lot# 24232 $47.00
7/29/2012 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131232/Lot# 20182 $69.00
2/22/2013 NGC VF 20   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7262 $71.68
8/31/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 154305 $325.00
11/2/2014 PCGS F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10498 $76.00
  NGC MS 65   Bonhams $1,521.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1938 D 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2342983143363785606487298569351042111011441217132115472147256146286166805410339
255303321350438589675771882970106411211168125113961747228532505140679588150
000000675771882970106411211168125113961747228532505140679500
0000007028139081006108711321192128614711947242339395653742400
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2561
Owner: cooperway4
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 2561
Owner: Sierra Collection
 
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