1944 Walking Liberty Half Dollar
Acquire this 1944 Walking liberty half dollar to your coin collection. The uncirculated 50-cent piece minted in Philadelphia between 1916 and 1947 is one of the most popular coins to date. Many collectors consider it the “most beautiful U.S. Coin” ever produced, which contributes to the walking liberty half dollar value.
History of the 1944 walking liberty half dollar
The 1944 50-cent piece was created to replace the Barber half dollar. It would be the last re-design in the former president’s modernization project. Adolph Weinman, a German immigrant, designed the obverse and reverse of the famed coin. He is also the designer for the Mercury dime.
The decision was made by President Theodore Roosevelt, who wasn’t a fan of the Barber series. He wanted something bolder than the Barber series. The Franklin half dollar would replace the walking liberty half dollar.
1944 walking liberty specifications
The walking liberty half dollar value comes from its striking appearance. It features Lady Liberty striding towards the sun on the obverse and the reverse, an American bald eagle perched on a rock. In 1944 coins were minted in San Francisco, Denver, and Philadelphia.
These coins had an “S” or “D” engraved on to identify the mint. The 1944 walking liberty 50-cent pieces minted in Philadelphia don’t have a mark. Walking liberty coins have a reeded edge that’s 30.6mm in diameter.
Coin minting grew exponentially in 1944 because of the economic boost from World War II. between 1916 and 1947, there were 28,206,000 walking liberty half dollars minted in Philadelphia. Another 9,769,000 were minted in Denver and 8,904,000 in San Francisco. Each is 90% silver and 10% copper. The total metal content is 0.36169 t oz. The 50-cent pieces minted before 1960 were the last to contain 90% silver, raising the value over modern coins.