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Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947)

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Walking Liberty Halves replaced the popular Barber coins and have become one of the most collected coins today. The Walking Liberty Half Dollar was met with tremendous reviews touting the Weinman design of Liberty walking into the sunset with branches of laurel and oak, symbolizing military and civil glory. Walking Liberty coins circulated widely between 1916 and 1947.

The Walking Liberty Half Dollar Design

Many consider the Walking Liberty Half Dollar to be America’s most beautiful Silver coin. They are also one of the most widely collected of all U.S. coins. Designed by Adolph A. Weinman to replace the Barber coinage of 1892-1915, Walking Liberty halves had significantly higher mintages. During 1916, the mint marks appeared on the obverse, while 1917 was a transitional year in which the mint marks appeared on either the obverse or reverse. From that point forward, mint marks on this issue always appeared on the reverse.

Certified Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) represent the industry standard in third-party certification. Each specimen is given a grade according to the Sheldon Scale. Grading standards refer to the descriptions assigned to each number of the grading scale, explained in more detail below:

• MS/PF-70: A coin with no post-production imperfections at 5x magnification.
• MS/PF-69: A fully struck coin with nearly imperceptible imperfections.
• MS/PF-68: Very sharply struck with only miniscule imperfections.
• MS/PF-67: Sharply struck with only a few imperfections.
• MS/PF-66: Very well struck with minimal marks and hairlines.
• MS/PF-65: Well struck with moderate marks or hairlines.
• MS/PF-64: Average or better strike with several obvious marks or hairlines and other miniscule imperfections.
• MS/PF-63: Slightly weak or average strike with moderate abrasions and hairlines of varying sizes.
• MS/PF-62: Slightly weak or average strike with no trace of wear. More or larger abrasions than an MS/PF-63.
• MS/PF-61: Weak or average strike with no trace of wear. More marks and/or multiple large abrasions.
• MS/PF-60: Weak or average strike with no trace of wear. Numerous abrasions, hairlines and/or large marks.
• AU-58: Slight wear on the highest points of the design. Full details.
• AU-55: Slight wear on less than 50% of the design. Full details.
• AU-53: Slight wear on more than 50% of the design. Full details except for very minor softness on the high points.
• AU-50: Slight wear on more than 50% of the design. Full details except for minor softness on the high points.
• XF-45: Complete details with minor wear on some of the high points.
• XF-40: Complete details with minor wear on most of the high points.
• VF-35: Complete details with wear on all of the high points.
• VF-30: Nearly complete details with moderate softness on the design areas.
• VF-25: Nearly complete details with more softness on the design areas.
• VF-20: Moderate design detail with sharp letters and digits.
• F-15: Recessed areas show slight softness. Letters and digits are sharp.
• F-12: Recessed areas show more softness. Letters and digits are sharp.
• VG-10: Wear throughout the design. Letters and digits show softness.
• VG-8: Wear throughout the design. Letters and digits show more softness.
• G-6: Peripheral letters and digits are full. Rims are sharp.
• G-4: Peripheral letters and digits are nearly full. Rims exhibit wear.
• AG-3: Most letters and digits are readable. Rims are worn into the fields.
• FR-2: Some details are visible. Rims are barely visible.
• PO-1: Enough detail to identify the coin's date and type. Rims are flat or nearly flat.

Walking Liberty Half Dollars (1916-1947) Mintage Figures

The following are the mintage figures for the Walking Liberty Half Dollars, minted from 1916 to 1947.

  • 1917 - 12,292,000
  • 1917-D Obv Mint Mark - 765,400
  • 1917-D Rev Mint Mark - 1,940,000
  • 1917-S Obv Mint Mark - 952,000
  • 1917-S Rev Mint Mark - 5,554,000
  • 1918 - 6,634,000
  • 1918-D - 3,853,040
  • 1918-S - 10,282,000
  • 1919 - 962,000
  • 1919-D - 1,165,000
  • 1919-S - 1,552,000
  • 1920 - 6,372,000
  • 1920-D - 1,551,000
  • 1920-S - 4,624,000
  • 1921 - 246,000
  • 1921-D - 208,000
  • 1921-S - 548,000
  • 1923-S - 2,178,000
  • 1927-S - 2,392,000
  • 1928-S - 1,940,000
  • 1929-D - 1,001,200
  • 1929-S - 1,902,000
  • 1933-S - 1,786,000
  • 1934 - 6,964,000
  • 1934-D - 2,361,400
  • 1934-S - 3,652,000
  • 1935 - 9,162,000
  • 1935-D - 3,003,800
  • 1935-S - 3,854,000
  • 1936 - 12,614,000
  • 1936-D - 4,252,400
  • 1936-S - 3,884,000
  • 1937 - 9,522,000
  • 1937-D - 1,676,000
  • 1937-S - 2,090,000
  • 1938 - 4,110,000
  • 1938-D - 491,600
  • 1939 - 6,812,000
  • 1939-D - 4,267,800
  • 1939-S - 2,552,000
  • 1940 - 9,156,000
  • 1940-S - 4,550,000
  • 1941 - 24,192,000
  • 1941-D - 11,248,400
  • 1941-S - 8,098,000
  • 1942 - 47,818,000
  • 1942-D - 10,973,800
  • 1942-S - 12,708,000
  • 1943 - 53,190,000
  • 1943-D - 11,346,000
  • 1943-S - 13,450,000
  • 1944 - 28,206,000
  • 1944-D - 9,769,000
  • 1944-S - 8,904,000
  • 1945 - 31,502,000
  • 1945-D - 9,966,800
  • 1945-S - 10,156,000
  • 1946 - 12,118,000
  • 1946-D - 2,151,000
  • 1946-S - 3,724,000
  • 1947 - 4,094,000
  • 1947-D - 3,900,600

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