Walking Liberty Half Dollar
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The Walking Liberty Half Dollar, commonly known as the Walker, was designed by A. A. Weinman and was minted from 1916 to 1947. The full length of Miss Liberty has many areas where collectors look for "fullness", especially the head and the thumb. The reverse follows the same theme as the eagle takes up most of the area within the coin. The mintmarks were originally placed on the obverse in 1916 and 1917, but during 1917 they were changed to the reverse.
Walking Liberty Halves were minted in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco. Philadelphia produced coins in 1916-21, 1934-47. Denver issued coins in 1916-21, 1929, 1934-39, 1941-47. San Francisco minted coins in 1916-21, 1923, 1927-29, 1933-37, 1939-46. As a group, the 1921 issues are the lowest mintage and are considered the keys to the set.
|Please Note: Grading Walking Liberty Half
Dollars is a subjective matter that takes
years of experience to do correctly. In most cases raw or un-graded coins are
usually over graded by the individual owner. Try to be realistic and understand
that grading is only a means to quantify or
evaluate the worth of a coin. The grading company used to grade a coin is very important
and there are only two that have the highest reputation in the numismatic
industry, NGC and PCGS. See:
Coin Grading Services. Also note that coins within a specific grade can
be a plus or minus of that grade also increasing or decreasing value.
There can also be mirrored fields which can increase the value
significantly as in Proof-Like (PL) and Deep Mirror Proof Like (DMPL).
Mintage and popularity can also factor into consideration when accessing
the overall worth of a coin. Please remember that there are at least
three values of a coin; the Price the owner
thinks his coin is worth, the Value a Coin Price Guide Book or a Pricing Guide lists it at and then most importantly, the Actual Price that you can sell it for to a dealer, buyer, or at an auction.
You can also compare your coin through the online
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compare prices and condition from images. Click Each Price to Compare Current Online Auction Values in the Left
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