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Walking Liberty Half Dollar Values & Prices

How Much Is My Walking Liberty Half Dollar Worth?

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Walking Liberty Half Dollar
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This coin value guide will give you an approximate value for your Walking Liberty half dollars minted from 1921 to 1947.  The table below provides average coin prices and values based upon the condition of the coin.  If the coin shows evidence of wear on it due to being used in commerce, it is considered "circulated." If it was never used, then it is classified as "uncirculated." The pictures below illustrate examples of each condition or grade.  Some coins are very valuable even in very worn condition. Please note: you cannot increase a coin's value by cleaning it. In fact, cleaning a coin will considerably reduce its value and coin dealers can recognize a cleaned coin immediately.  Therefore, never clean your coins!

Market Analysis

Walking Liberty half dollars are collected by a substantial number of coin collectors.  Therefore, the market is fairly strong if you are selling your coins. But don't expect to walk in to a coin shop with a bag of Walking Liberty fifty cent pieces and expect the coin dealer dig through them to pull out the valuable ones for you.  If you want to get the most amount of money for your Walking Liberty halves, you need to sort them and organize them so the dealer can quickly see what you have.

Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties

The following Walking Liberty half dollars are worth considerable more (in any condition) than common Walking Liberty halves.  As such, these coins may be counterfeit or altered from common Walking Liberty half dollars.  Therefore, before you start celebrating your new found fortune, have the coin authenticated by a reputable coin dealer or third party grading service.

  • 1916-S
  • 1917-S Obv. mint mark
  • 1919-D
  • 1921
  • 1921-D
  • 1921-S

Condition or Grade Examples

Walking Liberty Half Dollar Average Circulated Condition Circulated Walking Liberty Half Dollar Average Uncirculated Condition Uncirculated
Click on the photos above for a larger image.
Photos courtesy of Teletrade Coin Auctions, www.teletrade.com

Mint Marks

Walking Liberty Half Dollars were produced at three different mints: Philadelphia (no mint mark), Denver (D) and San Francisco (S).  As illustrated in the pictures below, for 1916 and 1917 dated coins the mint mark is located on the obverse of the coin, lower right just below "In God We Trust". Coins dated 1917 to 1947, the mint mark is on the reverse of the coin on the lower left just under the branch that the eagle is perched on. Please note that some 1917 dated coins have the mint mark on the front and some have it on the back.

Walking Liberty Half Dollars mint mark location obverse
Mint Mark Location
 Obverse

1916 - 1917
 Walking Liberty Half Dollars mint mark location reverse
Mint Mark Location
Reverse

1917 - 1947
Image © 2013 James Bucki, All rights reserved.

Walking Liberty Half Dollars Average Prices and Values

The following table lists the buy price (what you can expect to pay to a dealer to purchase the coin) and sell value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you if you sell the coin). The first column lists the date and mint mark (see the photo above) followed by the buy price and the sell value for an average circulated Walking Liberty half dollar.  The next two columns list the buy price and the sell value for an average uncirculated. These are approximate retail prices and wholesale values. The actual offer you receive from a particular coin dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and a number of other factors that determine its worth.

Date & Mint Circulated   Uncirculated
Buy Sell Buy Sell
1916 $100.00 $50.00 $560.00 $370.00
1916 D $90.00 $50.00 $500.00 $330.00
1916 S * $300.00 $160.00 $1,800.00 $1,200.00
1917 $21.00 $12.00 $200.00 $140.00
1917 D Obv. mint mark $90.00 $50.00 $900.00 $700.00
1917 D Rev. mint mark $70.00 $37.00 $1,800.00 $1,300.00
1917 S Obv. mint mark * $220.00 $120.00 $3,700.00 $2,700.00
1917 S Rev. mint mark $25.00 $14.00 $1,100.00 $800.00
1918 $35.00 $19.00 $800.00 $600.00
1918 D $53.00 $29.00 $2,300.00 $1,700.00
1918 S $25.00 $13.00 $1,400.00 $1,000.00
1919 $120.00 $70.00 $2,700.00 $2,000.00
1919 D * $200.00 $110.00 $10,300.00 $7,300.00
1919 S $120.00 $70.00 $5,800.00 $4,100.00
1920 $26.00 $14.00 $600.00 $430.00
1920 D $110.00 $60.00 $2,900.00 $2,100.00
1920 S $45.00 $24.00 $2,100.00 $1,400.00
1921 * $460.00 $250.00 $6,400.00 $4,500.00
1921 D * $570.00 $300.00 $10,100.00 $7,000.00
1921 S * $390.00 $210.00 $24,000.00 $17,000.00
1923 S $51.00 $29.00 $2,600.00 $1,900.00
1927 S $26.00 $15.00 $1,700.00 $1,200.00
1928 S $38.00 $20.00 $1,800.00 $1,200.00
1929 D $24.00 $13.00 $580.00 $410.00
1929 S $24.00 $14.00 $740.00 $510.00
Date & Mint Circulated   Uncirculated
Buy Sell Buy Sell
1933 S $19.00 $11.00 $1,000.00 $700.00
1934 $17.00 $9.00 $90.00 $60.00
1934 D $19.00 $10.00 $200.00 $150.00
1934 S $17.00 $9.00 $540.00 $380.00
1935 $18.00 $10.00 $60.00 $40.00
1935 D $18.00 $9.00 $220.00 $160.00
1935 S $18.00 $10.00 $340.00 $230.00
1936 $18.00 $10.00 $60.00 $42.00
1936 D $17.00 $10.00 $100.00 $70.00
1936 S $17.00 $9.00 $170.00 $120.00
1937 $17.00 $9.00 $56.00 $38.00
1937 D $18.00 $10.00 $210.00 $150.00
1937 S $17.00 $10.00 $170.00 $120.00
1938 $17.00 $9.00 $100.00 $70.00
1938 D $67.00 $37.00 $540.00 $400.00
1939 $17.00 $10.00 $52.00 $37.00
1939 D $18.00 $10.00 $57.00 $40.00
1939 S $17.00 $9.00 $170.00 $120.00
1940 $14.00 B.V. $43.00 $31.00
1940 S $15.00 $9.00 $59.00 $41.00
1941 $14.00 B.V. $41.00 $27.00
1941 D $15.00 $9.00 $46.00 $33.00
1941 S $15.00 B.V. $90.00 $70.00
Date & Mint Circulated   Uncirculated
Buy Sell Buy Sell
1942 $15.00 B.V. $41.00 $28.00
1942 D $14.00 B.V. $55.00 $40.00
1942 S $14.00 B.V. $60.00 $44.00
1943 $14.00 B.V. $41.00 $28.00
1943 D $14.00 B.V. $54.00 $38.00
1943 S $14.00 B.V. $57.00 $39.00
1944 $14.00 B.V. $39.00 $26.00
1944 D $15.00 B.V. $49.00 $36.00
1944 S $14.00 B.V. $46.00 $33.00
1945 $15.00 B.V. $43.00 $31.00
1945 D $14.00 B.V. $43.00 $30.00
1945 S $14.00 B.V. $45.00 $33.00
1946 $14.00 B.V. $42.00 $28.00
1946 D $15.00 B.V. $46.00 $32.00
1946 S $15.00 B.V. $43.00 $29.00
1947 $14.00 B.V. $46.00 $32.00
1947 D $15.00 B.V. $51.00 $36.00
Complete
Date-Mint Set
$3,600.00 $2,000.00 $86,000.00 $61,000.00
Complete
Date Set
$1,000.00 $600.00   $19,500.00 $13,800.00

B.V. = Bullion Value; Look up the Current Intrinsic Bullion Value of U.S. Silver Coins
"-" (dash) = Not Applicable or not enough data exists to calculate an average price.
* = See the section above "Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties" for more information on these coins.

These prices and values have been compiled through my personal analysis of the coin market, referencing publications such as Numismatic News, Coin World, "The Official Blue Book; Handbook of U.S. Coins," "The Official Red Book; A Guide Book of United States Coins", The Coin Dealer Newsletter, published auction results and consulting with various coin dealers.

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