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28 Oct 2017

Coin Individuality: Walking Liberty Half Dollars

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The Walking Liberty Half Dollar is a coin collected by numismatists throughout the world. Each and every coin is special in its own way, whether it’s a Walking Liberty Half Dollar or a  Mercury Dime or even a brand-new National Park Quarter. The Walking Liberty Half Dollar is incredibly sought after in the world of numismatists. Almost every serious collector has at least one in his/her collection. Walking Liberty Half Dollars are made of 90% silver and 10% copper, weighing in at 12.5 grams. The coin has a diameter of 30.6 millimeters and 0.36169 ounces of pure silver. At the time of writing, the silver content of the coin alone is worth about $2.00, four times face value for even the ugliest of the Walking Liberty Half Dollars.

Mint Locations
D - Denver
S - San Francisco
No mint mark - Philadelphia

Key Dates
As with most coins, there are several key dates in the series, which can make creating a set incredibly difficult and costly. Some key dates include the 1916, valued between $50 and just over $2,000, depending on the condition and mint. All coins minted that years are worth more than many, due to their smaller mintage and rarity. The 1916-S is worth the most at $120.00 in good condition. The 1921 coins are also worth more than others, valued between $48 for the 1921-S in a low grade to $32,000 in a higher grade. The 1921-D is valued between $250 and $14,000, and the 1921 is valued at $175 to $7,500. The 1921-S is the rarest of this year in mint state uncirculated condition, while the 1921 is the most common. The 1938-D is worth about $50 all the way up to almost $600. Many series have far rarer key dates, making this set easier to collect, depending on the condition you want your coins to be in.

Errors
Walking Liberty Half Dollars, as with almost all series, has mint errors. The most common error is the 1946 Doubled Die Reverse, valued at only $20 for lower grades, which is only about double the cost of a non doubled-die coin, a great value to purchase a doubled-die coin.

Should I Get A Walking Liberty Half Dollar Graded?
PCGS and NGC are the leading companies for coin grading in the world, however, it is also rather pricey to have a coin graded. If your coin is a key date and in exceptional condition, that is when grading becomes a good option with Walking Liberty Half Dollars. Considering that key dates in Walking Liberty Half Dollars are often not worth as much as other series, it is recommended only to have the coin graded if it’s a key date and in exceptional condition. Depending on the coin, however, non-key dates can also benefit from grading. If you have a 1941 in VG-F condition, I would not recommend having your Walker professionally graded. Some other alternatives are ANACS and IGC, which are both cheaper, which could be good options for cheaper, non-key date coins.

Every coin is special and individual in their own way and when you learn about a new coin, maybe that will be your next collecting goal!

Comments

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

they are a great coin but cost around 10$ each for common dates so i dont have a large collection of them.

iccoins

Level 4

Yeah. Some coins are not the cheapest. I have 2 that aren't especially nice :)

user_7180

Level 5

I love the art on the Walking Liberty coins. My best is a graded MS-65 1941-D.

iccoins

Level 4

Awesome! I only have one coin graded, a PF-69RD DCAM penny graded by PCGS :/ I've always wanted to send some in, though.

user_9894

Level 4

Walking Liberty half dollars are definitely a work of art!

iccoins

Level 4

Agreed!

Kepi

Level 6

Great informative! Really enjoyed reading your blog! I like "Walkers", it's such a beautiful design! I have a couple of them in my collection.

iccoins

Level 4

Thanks :) I'm glad you enjoyed! I agree. They look great. I have 2 in pretty poor condition.

Longstrider

Level 6

A lot of good useful information there. Thanks!!

iccoins

Level 4

Thanks :) Glad you enjoyed!

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 4

I do not own any yet, but some day.

iccoins

Level 4

Cool! Mine are in poor condition. You can get poor condition ones for only about $10, depending on the year and mintmark.

CoinLady

Level 6

The most beautiful silver US coin. Great overview of a very popular coin. A complete set is wonderful to behold. And I remember getting 1 in change when I was young, a 1943-D.

iccoins

Level 4

One in change! Awesome :) I have two, but there is no way I'm going to even try to get a whole collection. I'm searching for a nice Walking Liberty quarter, since they are very beautiful coins. I think, in my opinion, though, I might say Mercury Dimes look better.

"SUN"

Level 5

Some collectors ask the question: "Is it Walking Liberty, or Liberty Walking." This has been debated for some years.

iccoins

Level 4

I've always thought it was Walking Liberty. That's what I've always called it anyways. I haven't heard of that debate. Thanks for the information :)

coin collector

Level 4

nice blog very informative

iccoins

Level 4

Thanks :) Glad you enjoyed!

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

This a very desirable and collectible series. Nicely done blog.

iccoins

Level 4

Thanks :) I'm glad you enjoyed!

Mike

Level 7

Beautiful coin thanks for the information it's appreciated I have a couple of rolls nothing well enough to talk about but I enjoy them thanks for your work. Mike

iccoins

Level 4

Awesome! Rolls of Walking Liberty's are nice :)

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