Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar (1916 through 1947)
To many coin collectors, the Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar is one of the most beautiful coins produced by an U.S. Mint for circulation in the U.S. The highly popular Silver American Eagle coin’s design is basically the exact same design that appeared on Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar. This makes the Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar one of the very few U.S. coins to have its design on the reverse side of the coin appears on a rather modern coin.
The designer of the Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar was Adolph A.Weinman. Out of all the U.S. Mints, a total of three of them produced this silver coin. The U.S. Mints involved with the production of the Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar were San Francisco, Denver, and Philadelphia. The silver coin was produced through these U.S. mints from 1916 through 1947 and a total of 485,395,000 of these silver coins were produced.
The features of the Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar feature the image of the Walking Lady Liberty, and on the reverse side, the image of a majestic eagle. Nearly most of these silver half dollars have a mint mark on the reverse side of the coin near the “Half”. Some of the half dollars that were produced in 1916 and 1917 may half the mint mark on the obverse side of the coin below the motto “In God We Trust”. The mint mark tells you which U.S. Mint the coin was produced at the current time. If there is a “D” the coin was produced in Denver. If the coin has an “S”, the coin was produced in San Francisco. If the coin has no mint mark at all, the coin was produced in Philadelphia.
The Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar is 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper. Circulated half dollars contain less silver due to handling of these coins, which can cause wear. One of these coins contains .3575 Troy ounces of pure silver. Un-circulated half dollars contain .3617 Troy ounces of pure silver, which is 11.2501 grams. At least a few million of these coins were produced each year. Between 1941 through 1945, the Philadelphia U.S. Mint produced a several million of these coins. Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar usually catches a higher sale price, 1921 and 1921 D are the two rarest version of the Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar. 246,000 were produced for 1921, and 208,000 were produced for the 1921 D coin. There is other of these half dollars that had less than a million produced. The 1916, 1916 S, 1917S, 1919, 1921 S, and 1938 D had less than a million produced. To calculate the silver value of a circulated Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar, the current price of silver is multiplied by 3575.