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Walking Liberty Half Dollar

Walking Liberty Half Dollar

  • 1916 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS65
    1916 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 517042010

    1916 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS65

    $2,700.00
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  • 1916-D 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS63
    1916-D 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS63
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758938011

    1916-D 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS63

    $943.50
  • 1916 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS65
    1916 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910161203

    1916 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS65

    $3,132.00
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  • 1918 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar NGC MS65
    1918 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar NGC MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 757574011

    1918 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar NGC MS65

    $3,078.00
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  • 1919 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS65
    1919 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758283013

    1919 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS65

    $8,370.00
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  • 1919-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS AU50
    1919-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS AU50
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 2919

    1919-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS AU50

    $2,750.00
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  • 1920-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar NGC MS62
    1920-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar NGC MS62
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758423053

    1920-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar NGC MS62

    $2,862.00
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  • 1921 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS AU55
    1921 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 2914

    1921 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS AU55

    $6,050.00
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  • 1921-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS VF20
    1921-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS VF20
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758097015

    1921-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS VF20

    $915.75
  • 1923-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar NGC AU55
    1923-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar NGC AU55
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758429070

    1923-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar NGC AU55

    $2,916.00
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  • 1923-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS AU58
    1923-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS AU58
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 2915

    1923-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS AU58

    $3,850.00
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  • 1927-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS AU58
    1927-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS AU58
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 2917

    1927-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS AU58

    $2,250.00
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  • 1928-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS AU58
    1928-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS AU58
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 2918

    1928-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS AU58

    $2,250.00
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  • 1929-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS66
    1929-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910161237

    1929-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS66

    $5,184.00
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  • 1934 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar NGC MS66
    1934 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar NGC MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759124015

    1934 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar NGC MS66

    $517.50
  • 1934-D 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS65
    1934-D 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758423075

    1934-D 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS65

    $1,110.00
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  • 1934-D 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS65
    1934-D 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758496018

    1934-D 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS MS65

    $1,054.50
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  • 1935-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar NGC MS66
    1935-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar NGC MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759106009

    1935-S 50C Walking Liberty Half Dollar NGC MS66

    $3,510.00
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  • 1936 50C CAC Proof Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS PR67+
    1936 50C CAC Proof Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS PR67+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 517042031

    1936 50C CAC Proof Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS PR67+

    $41,580.00
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Walking Liberty Halves

Robert W. Woolley was appointed and approved as Director of the US Mint in March of 1915. He called for the redesign of the Dime, Quarter and Half Dollar, all of which had been designed by the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, Charles E. Barber and had been struck from 1892 to the current day. Woolley asked Barber to prepare new designs, which he did. But they were “not acceptable.” Woolley and the Commission of Fine Arts conducted a competition among three experienced outside artists to redesign all three of these coins.

Among the competing artists, two artists were selected to design these 3 new coins. Hermon MacNeil was selected to design the Quarter after his Standing Liberty design was approved. Adolph Alexander Weinman’s designs for the Dime and Half Dollar were also selected. For the Dime, he had designed a Winged Liberty Head, which was confused for the Roman God Mercury. For the Half Dollar, Weinman created a design with Miss Liberty striding towards a rising sun.  

Weinman’s Half Dollar obverse has a full-length depiction of Miss Liberty, facing left, the Stars and Stripes, now part of her gown flying in the breeze. She was taking strides towards a rising sun, with rays emanating from the core, representing a new day for America. She has branches of laurel and oak in her left arm and her right arm extends as in a greeting. The motto “LIBERTY” is in large type behind her and below is another motto, “IN GOD WE TRUST.” The date is centered below her figure and recessed.

The reverse design similarly depicted an eagle, facing left, perched high upon a mountain, wings unfolded, a small mountain pine springing through the rocks. The legend “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” surmounts the periphery with the denomination “HALF DOLLAR” just below it. “E PLURIBUS UNUM” is beneath the rocks at the base of the reverse of the coin.

Since 1840, the mintmarks on any half dollar coins had always appeared on the reverse of the coins. But with the initial 1916-year coins, both the “D” and “S” mintmarks were placed on the obverse, just under “IN GOD WE TRUST.” But in February of 1917, the mintmarks were moved to the reverse of the coin, but not before a combined mintage of 1.6 million coins were struck in January and February at the Denver and San Francisco mints.  

The 1916 through 1921 years saw coins struck at all three mints, though in 1921, about one million coins were struck at the combined three mints. From that point onward, there mintages were irregular overall. There were no coins struck in 1922 and 1924 through 1926. The only coins struck in 1923, 1927 and 1928 were in San Francisco. In 1929 no coins were struck in Philadelphia, but the drought of coins continued as no coins were struck or dated in 1930, 1931 and 1932. In 1933, only San Francisco minted any Walking Liberty Half Dollars. There was little demand in those years as the Peace Dollar was plentiful and as the Depression covered the country small silver coins were more affordable and saw significant use. Between 1934 and the end of the series in 1947, all three mints struck coins with only minor exceptions.

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