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Walking Liberty Half Dollar Die Varieties (1916-1947)

The Walking Liberty Half Dollar arrived just in time to benefit from the stepped up economy of World War I, and mintages were quite heavy during that period. In contrast, coinage was only sporadic during the 1920s, most of the coins from that period being San Francisco Mint issues produced for the silver loving West. Production came to a standstill during the early years of the Great Depression, but it rebounded by the mid-1930s and reached new highs during World War II.

Walking Liberty Half Dollars are a favorite with date and mint collectors. Worn examples of all issues are readily available, though several scarce pieces emerge in the higher grades. These include 1916-S and the half dollars of 1919 and 1921 from all three mints. The 1938-D half dollar, while attractive due to its low mintage, is only slightly scarce. By that time speculators were routinely preserving entire rolls of uncirculated coins of these Walking Liberty Half Dollar mintmark varieties as each year's issues were released.

There are a number of minor varieties of Walking Liberty Half Dollars, including two mintmark varieties exhibiting different sizes for 1928-S, 1934-D and 1942-S. On the whole, Walking Liberty Half Dollar varieties are of interest mostly to variety specialists, though some of them are highly prized, such as the doubled-die reverses for 1942 and 1946. The most important are included in VarietyPlus, and this includes the majority of Cherrypicker mintmark and die varieties. The Flynn and Fox books include additional varieties that will be of interest to a variety specialist.

Access to the detailed pages of Walking Liberty half Dollar varieties seen below is part of NGC Collectors Society membership. Mintmark and die variety detail pages contain population information as well as NGC database images for available varieties.

NGC also provides information on other half dollar varieties:

Early Half Dollar Varieties (1794-1807) | Early Half Dollar Varieties (1807-1821) | Early Half Dollar Varieties (1822-1828) | Early Half Dollar Varieties (1829-1836) | Reeded Edge Half Dollar Varieties (1836-1839) | Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891) | Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915) | Franklin Half Dollar Varieties (1948-1963) | Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)

Denom.MS/PFDateFee*NGC LabelVarietyPlusBreenCONECAFivaz-Stanton (NEW)Fivaz-Stanton (OLD)
50CMS1916 D/D$15FS-501VP-001   FS-008
50CMS1917 D OBVERSE-      
50CMS1917 D REVERSE-      
50CMS1917 S OBVERSE-      
50CMS1917 S REVERSE-      
50CMS1918 D NO "AW"$15  B-5139   
50CMS1928 S SMALL S$15      
50CMS1928 S LARGE S$15  B-5152   
50CMS1929 S NO "AW"$15      
50CMS1933 S DDO$15VP-001  DDO-001  
50CMS1934 D SMALL D$15      
50CMS1934 D LARGE D$15      
50CMS1936 DDO$15FS-101VP-001 DDO-003 FS-008.4
50CMS1939 D DDO$15FS-101    FS-008.45
50CMS1939 D/D$15FS-501VP-001 RPM-001  
50CMS1939 D/D$15VP-002  RPM-002  
50CMS1941 D/D$15FS-501VP-001 RPM-001  
50CMS1941 D/D$15VP-002  RPM-002  
50CMS1941 S/S$15FS-501  RPM-001  
50CMS1942 DDO$15FS-101  DDO-001  
50CMS1942 DDR$15FS-801VP-001 DDR-001 FS-009
50CMS1942 D/D$15VP-001  RPM-002  
50CMS1942 D/D$15VP-002  RPM-001  
50CMS1942 S SMALL S$15      
50CMS1942 S LARGE S$15      
50CMS1943 S NO "AW"$15      
50CMS1944 NO "AW"$15      
50CMS1944 S/S$15FS-501VP-001 RPM-004 FS-010.6
50CMS1944 S/S$15FS-502VP-002 RPM-002 FS-010.7
50CMS1944 S/S$15VP-003  RPM-005  
50CMS1945 NO "AW"$15    FS-901 
50CMS1946 DDO$15FS-101VP-002 DDO-001 FS-011.1
50CMS1946 DOUBLED DIE REV$15 VP-001 DDR-001FS-801FS-011
50CMS1946 S/S$15VP-001  RPM-001  
50CPF1941 NO "AW"$15      

* In order to have the above varieties requiring the $15 fee designated by NGC, VarietyPlus service must be requested at time of grading. VarietyPlus service is also available for coins already encapsulated by NGC. For coins where the fee column is blank, no VarietyPlus charge is required to have your coin designated during grading. For coins marked $15, a $15 surcharge applies to the tier fee during grading, or a $15 fee applies to have the VarietyPlus designation added to any coin already graded and encapsulated by NGC.
Fivaz, Bill & J.T. Stanton, Ken Potter, Editor. The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties, 5th Edition, Volume 2. Whitman Publishing, Atlanta, 2012
Flynn, Kevin. Treasure Hunting Walking Liberty Half Dollars, 2nd Edition. Brooklyn Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2004
Fox, Bruce. The Complete Guide To Walking Liberty Half Dollars. DLRC Press, Virginia Beach, VA, 1993