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Walking Liberty Half Dollar Values And History

Updated on September 3, 2013
Silver               .90 Cop-Nic          .10 Diameter      30.6 mm 1916-1947
Silver .90 Cop-Nic .10 Diameter 30.6 mm 1916-1947 | Source

WALKING LIBERTY HISTORY

The Walking Liberty half dollar is highly considered one of the best designed coins throughout the U.S. Mint history. The Walking Liberty half dollar was designed by Mr. Adolph A. Weinman. It is made out of 90% silver and 10% copper-nickel. It is made with 0.36169 ounces of pure silver with a diameter of 30.6 mm. The coin was first produced in 1916 to replace the famous Barber Half Dollar and lasted until 1947 when it was replaced by the Benjamin Franklin Half Dollar.


The front of the coin depicts "Lady Liberty" walking. "LIBERTY" is seen centered at the top with the date centered at the bottom. The sun is seen rising on the left side and Lady Liberty is shown in a long gown with an olive branch in her hand. On the reverse side of the coin, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" is centered at top and "HALF DOLLAR" is centered on the bottom. An eagle is perched on an olive branch. As you can see above, the coin has a magnificent design.

Adolph Alexander Weinman

Adolph Alexander Weinman was the designer of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar. This picture shows Weinman in his studio.
Adolph Alexander Weinman was the designer of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar. This picture shows Weinman in his studio. | Source

WALKING LIBERTY HALF DOLLAR VALUES


Walking Liberty half dollars can be extremely valuable. The Walking Liberty half dollar is extremely difficult to find in mint condition, mainly from the early years of production. That is why uncirculated coins can be worth $100-$1,000 or more. In good grade, common date coins are worth around $7. The 1916 Walking Liberty Half Dollar is worth around $45 and the 1916-S is worth close to $120 in good grade. Coin values for these reach the thousands for high grade coins. The 1921 Walker is worth around $210, the 1921-D is worth nearly $400 and the 1921-S is worth $50. Walking Liberty Half Dollars were produced in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco.


Unlike most coin series from the past, there were only one known minting error for the Walking Liberty series. There was a double die reverse made in 1946 and it is the only known error of the series. It is valued at a few hundred dollars. Proofs from this series vary in value from $100-$1000.


Walking Liberty values depend on the condition and rarity of the coin. Keep in mind, these values are based on a good grade. Most of these coins on average are probably in that grade. However, they're great specimens of this coin. Values can reach hundreds to thousands for high graded coins of this series. The higher the grade, the higher the value. Walking Liberty half dollar are also known as "Walkers". The value of these coins constantly change because of the silver content in the coin. As of now, that value is around $7.


It is always best to get a second opinion when buying or selling coins. Always try to find someone that you know and trust if possible. Depending on the situation and circumstances, you may be able to sell a coin for value price or someone may pay you more if they need it for their collection. The value of your coin depends on the rarity and condition of the coin. You can find the value of your coin by adding the base price and accurately grading your coin on the grading scale. I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have or feel free to leave me a comment.


San Francisco Mint

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U.S. Mint, 155 Hermann Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
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The San Francisco Mint produced the Walking Liberty half dollar, along with Denver and Philadelphia.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The coinage act of 1792 required all US coins to depict a form of liberty on the face, rather than the depiction of some man. Too bad we did not stay with that.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for the comment Will. I thank you for you time pal. You know, your right. I never thought about that. Pretty sad and I call myself a coin collector!! Take care.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Great informative hub. Didn't even know there were such coins. I'm used to the Kennedy half dollars.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Gypsy, thanks for the comment. Same here, although I have a ffew of these. Take care.

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      femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

      I agree with Will as well. I've never seen a walking-liberty coin until your article. It's beautiful!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Hi Femmeflashpoint. Thanks you so much for reading. You don't see to many of them today. They all are being hoarded.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Hi Femmeflashpoint. Thanks you so much for reading. You don't see to many of them today. They all are being hoarded.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi thelyricwriter, you're teaching me so many interesting facts about coin collecting, thanks so much! :-)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Cloverleaf, I am glad too for sure. Once you get to learning about it and the history, you really get into it all.

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Interesting info here for collecting...but it triggers a 'bad' memory for me. I had a Seated Liberty, great condition and gave to a young grandchild several years before I found it was worth about $2000. When the family moved...the dollar is no longer found. Shucks! So I walk on...and still enjoy your hub! :-)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      That sucks Frogyfish. But you never know, maybe you will find a new one worth more. Worth looking. Thanks for commenting.

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Well, I still have faint hope that the Seated Lady will re-appear...someway, someday. It is fun to keep looking at what 'passes through our fingers'!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Hey there Frogyfish. Thanks for dropping by. It is quite enjoyable for sure. I recently had to sell my collection cause I wasn't working:( For barely anything. All well. Thanks for your time!

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      Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Another useful, informative hub. Thanks again.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for your comment Gypsy Willow. I appreciate the visit. Take care:)

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