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Coins Certified as of 9/27

My Coin #25172494

1940-S 50C MS67

CERTIFICATION#: 25172494
PCGS#: 6610

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Hall: The 1940-S has the distinction of being the worst struck of all the Walking Liberty Half Dollars. The typical 1940-S is very weakly struck at Ms. Liberty's left hand with many specimens showing no hand detail at all. The phrase "flat as a pancake" is very appropriate for this issue. Decently struck examples do exist, but they are scarce. The 1940-S is the rarest Walker of the 1940s in both uncirculated and Gem condition. It is quite a bit rarer than the more highly touted 1941-S. The 1941-S gets more attention because of a holdover from the days of coin albums when the Walking Liberty half dollar set came in two albums, the 1916-1940 issues in one and the 1941-1947 issues in another. The 1941-1947 albums were know as the "short set" and the 1941-S is the rarest coin in the "short set," hence it's popularity as a late date Walker rarity.  However, the 1940-S is definitely rarer.

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Adolph Alexander Weinman Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 4,550,000 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 225,000 R-1.8 35 / 66 TIE 35 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 35,000 R-2.6 41 / 66 TIE 41 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 6,000 R-3.8 39 / 66 TIE 39 / 66 TIE

Condition Census

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1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS67+ PCGS grade
1 MS67+ PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade