PCGS Set Registry®
Walking Liberty Half Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1916-1947): The G B W Collection

The G B W Collection - 3rd

Current Statistics
Rank 3
Weighted GPA 66.568
Complete 98.48%
Set Rating 65.858
Retired Statistics (3/24/2004)
Rank 1
Weighted GPA 66.585
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 66.585
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About this set: Assembled over a period of 15 years, the G B W Collection of Walking Liberty halves represents a commitment to the pursuit of perfection. While the set was started long before the PCGS Registry, this collector was, nonetheless, driven to find those coins that were finest known. In the late 80's and early 90's, census information for coins of this type was spotty at best, and by today’s standards relatively few coins had been graded.

To accomplish his goal, the collector sought coins that were free of marks, possessed full mint luster, and, insofar as the issues allowed, were sharply struck. The product of his endeavor is one of the most esteemed sets of twentieth century coins ever assembled. Every single coin grades MS66 and above -- the only collection of Walking Liberty halves to achieve such a feat. Ten coins are population one, being the sole example graded at their level with none higher, and 36 of the 65 coins in the set have populations under ten pieces.

Often when one talks about a collection of twentieth century coins, the discussion revolves around the key dates. In this series, there are two coins that are universally considered to be the keys in higher grades: the 1919-D and the 1921-S. When one examines the keys in the G B W collection, the magnitude of this set is put clearly into context. Both are graded MS66 by PCGS, and both are population one, with no examples having been graded higher. In this collection, the most challenging issues are unequaled and unsurpassed.

When the collection was brought to PCGS for reholdering and pedigree, David Hall, President of PCGS, remarked quite simply, “This is the most amazing set of twentieth century material that I have ever seen, and you can quote me on that.” The collector wishes to thank Pinnacle Rarities for their expertise and guidance throughout this project, from the acquisition of his first Walker (1946 PCGS MS67) to handling the liquidation of the completed set.

The G B W Collection
ImagePCGS No.ItemDenomGradePopPop HigherOwner's Comments
6566191650CMS6740 
65671916-D50CMS6730 
65681916-S50CMS66131 
6569191750CMS6730 
65701917-D Obverse50CMS6650 
65711917-D Reverse50CMS6650 
65721917-S Obverse50CMS6710 
65731917-S Reverse50CMS6682 
6574191850CMS6680 
65751918-D50CMS6630 
65761918-S50CMS6710 
6577191950CMS6750 
65781919-D50CMS6610 
65791919-S50CMS66110 
6580192050CMS66251 
65811920-D50CMS6660 
65821920-S50CMS6650 
6583192150CMS6640 
65841921-D50CMS6630 
65851921-S50CMS6610 
65861923-S50CMS6710 
65871927-S50CMS6660 
65881928-S50CMS6660 
65891929-D50CMS6710 
65901929-S50CMS66442 
65911933-S50CMS67100 
6592193450CMS6880 
65931934-D50CMS6616213 
65941934-S50CMS6770 
6595193550CMS6810 
65961935-D50CMS661064 
65971935-S50CMS6730 
6598193650CMS6713810 
65991936-D50CMS67301 
66001936-S50CMS67110 
6601193750CMS6713119 
66021937-D50CMS67490 
66031937-S50CMS67322 
6604193850CMS67802 
66051938-D50CMS67373 
6606193950CMS68213 
66071939-D50CMS6810 
66081939-S50CMS671578 
6609194050CMS68240 
66101940-S50CMS6792 
6611194150CMS68190 
66121941-D50CMS6810 
66131941-S50CMS6790 
6614194250CMS6860 
66151942-D50CMS6840 
66171942-S50CMS6647546 
6618194350CMS6860 
66191943-D50CMS6820 
66201943-S50CMS67351 
6621194450CMS678510 
66221944-D50CMS672417 
66231944-S50CMS6780 
6624194550CMS671445 
66251945-D50CMS6717410 
66261945-S50CMS67240 
6627194650CMS67533 
  1946 Doubled Die Reverse50C  
66281946-D50CMS67641 
66291946-S50CMS67553 
6630194750CMS67493 
66311947-D50CMS67230 
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