Walking Liberty Half Dollars — 15 Years Of Coin Values

Walking-Liberty-1947-half-dollar-obv-Photo-public-domain-on-Wikimedia.jpg Widely considered one of the most beautiful coins ever struck, the Walking Liberty half dollar is a favorite among collectors and investors.

Designed by Adolph A. Weinman and struck from 1916 to 1947, the Walking Liberty half dollar is widely loved by the public to this day.

The coin is so popular, the United States Mint revived the obverse design in 1986 for silver bullion coinage. Walking Liberty half dollars also are one of the most commonly advertised coins.

Walking Liberty Values

Walking Liberty half dollars have, over the course of many years, increased in value well.

While price fluctuations have hit these coins (as associated with many coins), Walking Liberty half dollars belong to a coin series where rarities exist. Prices for some specimens have steadily marched upward.

Walking-Liberty-1947-half-dollar-rev-Photo-public-domain-on-Wikimedia.jpg Let’s look at how some Walking Liberty half dollars have performed over the past 15 years, comparing prices from the 1994 edition of A Guide Book of United States Coins (by R.S. Yeoman and Kenneth Bressett) to the prices in the 2009 edition of the publication, popularly referred to as The Red Book.

  • 1916: $20 to $240 Good to Mint-State 60 (1994 edition)
  • 1916: $45 to $350 Good to Mint-State 60 (2009 edition)
  • 1916-D: Obverse Mintmark $12 to $225 Good to Mint-State 60 (1994 edition)
  • 1916-D: Obverse Mintmark $50 to $360 Good to Mint-State 60 (2009 edition)
  • 1916-S: Obverse Mintmark $45 to $800 Good to Mint-State 60 (1994 edition)
  • 1916-S: Obverse Mintmark $120 to $1,200 Good to Mint-State 60 (2009 edition)
  • 1917-S: Obverse Mintmark $12 to $1,400 Good to Mint-State 60 (1994 edition)
  • 1917-S: Obverse Mintmark $25 to $2,400 Good to Mint-State 60 (2009 edition)
  • 1919: $12 to $875 Good to Mint-State 60 (1994 edition)
  • 1919: $25 to $1,300 Good to Mint-State 60 (2009 edition)
  • 1921: $50 to $2,000 Good to Mint-State 60 (1994 edition)
  • 1921: $180 to $4250 Good to Mint-State 60 (2009 edition)
  • 1921-D: $70 to $2,300 Good to Mint-State 60 (1994 edition)
  • 1921-D: $325 to $4,750 Good to Mint-State 60 (2009 edition)
  • 1921-S: $16 to $6,500 Good to Mint-State 60 (1994 edition)
  • 1921-S: $50 to $14,000 Good to Mint-State 60 (2009 edition)
  • 1938-D: $15 to $375 Good to Mint-State 60 (1994 edition)
  • 1938-D: $120 to $525 Good to Mint-State 60 (2009 edition)
  • 1940: $3.50 to $25 Good to Mint-State 60 (1994 edition)
  • 1940: $7 to $30 Good to Mint-State 60 (2009 edition)
  • 1943: $3.50 to $24 Good to Mint-State 60 (1994 edition)
  • 1943: $7 to $35 Good to Mint-State 60 (2009 edition)
  • 1947-D: $3.50 to $40 Good to Mint-State 60 (1994 edition)
  • 1947-D: $7.25 to $45 Good to Mint-State 60 (2009 edition) 

As you can see, prices are up all across the board among the coins and grades listed here. In fact, even the more common dates (as represented here with the 1940, 1943, and 1947-D dates) have seen some modest gains.

However, the prices of Walking Liberty half dollar common dates in low grades appear more directly affected right now by rising silver bullion prices than by increasing scarcity.

 

Scarce Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Low grades of the scarcer dates are being affected by increasing demand and relatively lower supply levels. High grades of some of the scarce dates are simply downright rare, especially in very high mint-state grades.

In general, all grades and dates of pre-1934 Walking Liberty half dollars are scarcer than those produced from 1934 to 1947 (except for the 1938-D).

 

Worth Noting…

While the above price comparisons are enticing, use this article only for informative insight and entertainment — not as a strict investment guide. Coin values have fluctuated widely over the years.

Many coins that have once appeared to be good investments have seen steep price drops, as was notoriously the case for some coins in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Coin investing has many risks and no guarantees.

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

My love for coins and numismatics began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I've also been studying meteorology and watching weather patterns for years. I enjoy sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about coins, weather, travel, health, and living green with others.

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