Coin Specifications

Category: Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 12,708,000
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: $5.87 (5/24/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1942 S 50C MS obverse 1942 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In order to deliver such a large total of 12.7 million Half Dollars during the rushed atmosphere of 1942, the San Francisco Mint had to prolong die life to an unacceptable degree. The result was millions of poorly struck coins, many of which are on today's market in circulated and low Mint State grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/3/2016

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1942 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 12.50 14.50 14.75 15.75 16.75 22.00 23.00 27.00 35.00 48.00 57.00 77.00 120 400 1000 32500 - - -
$ 17.50 - 24.00 29.00 38.00 50.00 63.00 85.00 145 585 2600 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4511
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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10/11/1999 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1221, 1221/Lot# 1490 $54.50
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2251 $1,437.50
12/8/2011 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(2), 1162/Lot# 3868 $747.50
1/22/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/22/2012, 4/Lot# 34290 $363.00
8/30/2013 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4545 $323.13
9/23/2013 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3449, 3449/Lot# 1437 $80.00
10/20/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 774, 783/Lot# 601 $450.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1942 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2028282828325476981151351511982343013691066186050336666866211070
2328282829396183104122140167210256324601133129185577733194650
0000006183104122140167210256324601133129185577733100
0000006991109128146182222279346834159539756122799700
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 1860
Owner: CBC
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 1860
Owner: Jackson
 
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