Walking Liberty Half Dollar

Most collectors recognize the Walking Liberty Half Dollar for its design – a design that has served as inspiration for future US minted coins. In fact, the coin is known by collectors and others to have one of the greatest designs to ever grace a coin produced by the US mint. On the obverse is an image of Lady Liberty. Standing tall and proud with the backdrop of an early morning sunset cascading its long reys, she evokes thoughts of early American freedom and prosperity. Lady Liberty is an image inside every American’s heart, a symbol of America – our ingenuity, intelligence and our collective desire to succeed as both people and as a nation. But why is this coin especially valuable? It’s not only the design, it’s also when the coin came out. This coin was minted from 1916 to 1947, an especially iconic period in American history. This period, just before the Great Depression and just after World War II, was a test on our spirit and resolve as Americans. In 1945, 1946 and 1947, as our GIs came home to build lives with their families after the war, this is the coin they chose to invest in. 

Collectors want these coins because as the years pass, less and less coins enter the market. That means that with each passing year less of these coins are bought, sold or traded. This makes the price go up. If they’re available, collectors tend to scoop them up rather quickly. As time goes on these coins will only be more coveted. They were only made during that period from 1916 to 1947 and they will never be made again. For that reason these coins are special and valuable.


Here are the coin’s specifications:

  • These coins have a face value of 50 cents (half a dollar)
  • They contain 0.36169 troy oz of silver
  • They weigh 12.50 g
  • Their diameter is 30.63 mm
  • These coins are composed of 90% silver; 10% copper
  • These coins were minted from 1916 to 1947
  • The edge is reeded
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What is the Walking Liberty Half Dollar Worth?

People want to know what these coins are worth and how much they’re going to have to pay to get their hands on one. The price on these can range from less than $10 to thousands of dollars. Determining the accurate price on these coins is going to rely on two different factors. Here they are: 

  1. The coin’s condition. Collectors are going to pay special attention to how the coin looks. They’re going to scan the coin for imperfections – and even the smallest imperfections are going to impact the price of these coins. The coins that have been the best cared for over the years are the ones that are going to sell at the highest prices today. Condition is nearly everything when it comes to the value of a coin, the other big piece we’ll get into next, and that’s the coin’s age.
  2. The year the coin was minted. Older coins usually fetch higher prices, this is a good general rule of thumb. Combine an old coin with a coin that’s in good condition and one that people generally want because of its historical significance and you’ve got a valuable coin.

Which Walking Liberty Half Dollars are the Most Popular?

The most popular and sought after Walking Liberty Half Dollars are the oldest ones, the ones that were minted first. That means the coins produced in the 1910s and 1920s are more desired by collectors. That’s because older coins are harder to come by. They get lost over time and, as a result, less and less make their way to the market each year, which we explained above. The coins that are hard to come by are the most wanted by collectors, but, keep in mind, they want them in good condition. The ideal coin for any collector is going to be one that’s old but looks like it just came fresh off the mint. Those are going to be the most popular of ANY coin, but also the most popular Walking Liberty Half Dollars.

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What does the future look like for Walking Liberty Half Dollars?

The truth is, there’s no way to determine the value of these coins in the future. All we can say is that the value will likely go up. Why is that? It’s simple: scarcity. In the world of collecting coins (and collecting anything else) unique things have a higher asking price. When something is one of a kind, or rare, it makes it more valuable in the eyes of a collector. All we can say is that the average price of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar will likely go up over time based on this principle.

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