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Walking Liberty Half Dollar History

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Held high in the coin world, the Walking Liberty Half Dollar earned its prestigious status with its exquisite design and its life span, as it was minted throughout great historical events! Specifically, the Walking Liberty Half Dollar was minted from 1916 until 1947. The Walking Liberty’s design was graced with the elegant Lady Liberty proudly strutting over the rising sun, accompanied by our great American flag and holding an olive branch. Its reverse bears the power of a bald eagle taking flight. The designer of this illustrious piece was Adolph A. Weinman. Although Weinman had competitor designers, his design was ultimately chosen and we can see why! To no surprise, this coin is still popular amongst collectors.

Examples of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar can range from $20 to upwards of $100,000 or more for some high end specimens. Typically, the more expensive specimens are in mint state condition and are typically MS65 or higher. The key dates in the Walking Liberty Half Dollar series, and most expensive are towards the beginning of the series, whereas the coins produced towards the end of the series can often be found in higher grades and affordable prices. The most notable key dates in the Walking Liberty Half Dollar series are the following:

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

The Walking Liberty Half Dollar was minted at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Fransisco mints. The Philadelphia minted coins carrying no identifying mint mark on the coin, while the San Fransisco and Denver ones do. Collectors love Walking Liberty Half Dollars because of their beauty and because each coin is composed of 90% silver and 10% copper. Moreover, Walking Liberty Half Dollars typically have some of the lowest mintages out of any Half Dollar made during the 1900's. 

Walking Liberty Half Dollar Mintages and Values

Date Mintage Good Very fine Extremely Fine Uncirculated
1916 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 608,000 $50.00 $160.00 $250.00 $450.00
1916-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1,014,400 $50.00 $135.00 $215.00 $450.00
1916-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 508,000 $100.00 $450.00 $650.00 $1,600.00
1917 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 12,292,000 $18.00 $21.00 $40.00 $150.00
1917-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1,940,000 $18.00 $145.00 $280.00 $1,200.00
1917-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 5,554,000 $18.00 $35.00 $70.00 $700.00
1918 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 6,634,000 $18.00 $65.00 $155.00 $625.00
1918-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 3,853,040 $18.00 $100.00 $250.00 $1,500.00
1918-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 10,282,000 $18.00 $35.00 $80.00 $600.00
1919 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 962,000 $25.00 $265.00 $515.00 $2,350.00
1919-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1,165,000 $56.00 $345.00 $825.00 $4,750.00
1919-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1,552,000 $50.00 $275.00 $815.00 $4,000.00
1920 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 6,372,000 $18.00 $45.00 $80.00 $425.00
1920-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1,551,000 $18.00 $250.00 $450.00 $3,000.00
1920-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 4,624,000 $18.00 $90.00 $230.00 $1,200.00
1921 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 246,000 $135.00 $775.00 $2,000.00 $6,000.00
1921-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 208,000 $200.00 $850.00 $2,850.00 $9,250.00
1921-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 548,000 $48.00 $800.00 $4,500.00 $20,000.00
1923-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 2,178,000 $13.00 $110.00 $365.00 $2,750.00
1927-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 2,392,000 $13.00 $50.00 $160.00 $1,200.00
1928-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1,940,000 $13.00 $75.00 $180.00 $1,250.00
1929-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1,001,200 $12.00 $30.00 $100.00 $450.00
1929-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1,902,000 $12.00 $35.00 $115.00 $500.00
1933-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1,786,000 $12.00 $20.00 $60.00 $750.00
1934 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 6,964,000 $9.00 $16.00 $19.00 $75.00
1934-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 2,361,000 $9.00 $16.00 $35.00 $140.00
1934-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 3,652,000 $9.00 $16.00 $30.00 $365.00
1935 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 9,162,000 $9.00 $16.00 $19.00 $40.00
1935-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 3,003,800 $9.00 $16.00 $30.00 $140.00
1935-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 3,854,000 $9.00 $16.00 $26.00 $275.00
1936 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 12,614,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $45.00
1936-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 4,252,400 $9.00 $16.00 $20.00 $85.00
1936-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 3,884,000 $9.00 $16.00 $22.00 $130.00
1937 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 9,522,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $40.00
1937-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1,676,000 $9.00 $16.00 $32.00 $215.00
1937-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 2,090,000 $9.00 $16.00 $25.00 $165.00
1938 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 4,110,000 $9.00 $18.00 $20.00 $70.00
1938-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 491,600 $55.00 $100.00 $160.00 $475.00
1939 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 6,812,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $40.00
1939-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 4,267,800 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $43.00
1939-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 2,552,000 $9.00 $16.00 $26.00 $150.00
1940 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 9,156,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $35.00
1940-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 4,550,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $45.00
1941 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 24,192,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $35.00
1941-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 11,248,400 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $38.00
1941-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 8,098,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $75.00
1942 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 47,818,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $40.00
1942-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 10,973,800 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $40.00
1942-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 12,708,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $40.00
1943 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 53,190,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $35.00
1943-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 11,346,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $48.00
1943-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 13,450,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $42.00
1944 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 28,206,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $35.00
1944-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 9,769,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $40.00
1944-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 8,904,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $40.00
1945 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 31,502,000 $9.00 $16.00 $18.00 $35.00
1945-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 9,966,800 $9.00 $17.50 $18.00 $35.00
1945-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 10,156,000 $9.00 $17.50 $18.00 $38.00
1946 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 12,118,000 $9.00 $17.50 $18.00 $37.00
1946-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 2,151,000 $9.00 $17.50 $22.00 $60.00
1946-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar 3,724,000 $9.00 $17.50 $18.00 $58.00
1947 Walking Liberty Half Dollar 4,094,000 $9.00 $17.50 $18.00 $60.00
1947-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar 3,900,600 $9.00 $17.50 $18.00 $60.00

*Source 2020 Red Book