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21 May 2017

1916/1917 obverse walking liberty HELP

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Hello guys! I recently cherrypicked a walking half in G-4 condition out of a cheap bag of halves at my local pawn shop. I noticed one had the obverse mintmark and snagged it. Date is obliterated but you can see the San Francisco mint mark on the obverse. This is a rare date but is there any way we can clarify if its a 1916 or 1917? Help and tips would be greatly appreciated! (A friend told me to carbon date it but I don't want to ruin the coin)



Level 5

Carbon-dating will not work for a variety of reasons. In my grading books an AG-3 Walking Liberty half-dollar needs the date to be "weak but readable." If you can't read the date the grade is probably P-2. Still a good find!! I think it will take a specialist to identify the date from die variety indicators. That might not be something the average dealer or shop employee is capable of doing. I think you will make a few bucks with either 1916 or 1917 and you will learn a lot. Good Luck and don't give up!

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

bring it to a dealer or coin shop so they can do it professionally


Level 7

Bring it to a dealer you trust who also sells books. You might get lucky.mike

Pliny The Elder

Level 5

Good luck. I just wanted to answer your blog, even though I do not have an answer to your question. The thing about carbon dating caught my eye. I sort of think that might be a joke. :) But I am not sure. Excellent photos!


Level 6

There are guide books to this series. Perhaps one of these books specifies the die varieties that are found on 1916 and 1917 coins. You can borrow books from the ANA Library to help.

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