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

The G B W Collection - 2nd

Current Statistics
Rank 2
GPA with Top Pop Bonuses 67.446
Complete 98.48%
Set Rating 66.726
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.ItemDenomGradePCGS No. PopPCGS No. Pop HigherTotal PopTotal Pop HigherOwner's Comments
6566191650CMS675050 
65671916-D50CMS673030 
65681916-S50CMS66131131 
6569191750CMS673030 
65701917-D Obverse50CMS665050 
65711917-D Reverse50CMS665050 
65721917-S Obverse50CMS671010 
65731917-S Reverse50CMS668282 
6574191850CMS669090 
65751918-D50CMS663030 
65761918-S50CMS671010 
6577191950CMS675050 
65781919-D50CMS661010 
65791919-S50CMS66110110 
6580192050CMS66241241 
65811920-D50CMS667070 
65821920-S50CMS668080 
6583192150CMS664040 
65841921-D50CMS663030 
65851921-S50CMS661010 
65861923-S50CMS671010 
65871927-S50CMS668080 
65881928-S50CMS667070 
65891929-D50CMS671010 
65901929-S50CMS66522522 
65911933-S50CMS67141141 
6592193450CMS688080 
65931934-D50CMS661832718327 
65941934-S50CMS678080 
6595193550CMS681010 
65961935-D50CMS6613351335 
65971935-S50CMS673030 
6598193650CMS671661716617 
65991936-D50CMS67372382 
66001936-S50CMS67110110 
6601193750CMS671452414524 
66021937-D50CMS67612612 
66031937-S50CMS67362362 
6604193850CMS6710651065 
66051938-D50CMS67423423 
6606193950CMS68243243 
66071939-D50CMS682020 
66081939-S50CMS671941019410 
6609194050CMS68280280 
66101940-S50CMS67103103 
6611194150CMS68251251 
66121941-D50CMS681010 
66131941-S50CMS679090 
6614194250CMS686060 
66151942-D50CMS685050 
66171942-S50CMS665088050880 
6618194350CMS68100100 
66191943-D50CMS682020 
66201943-S50CMS67431431 
6621194450CMS671162311623 
66221944-D50CMS672571126812 
66231944-S50CMS678080 
6624194550CMS671611716117 
66251945-D50CMS672031920319 
66261945-S50CMS67411411 
6627194650CMS67655655 
  1946 Doubled Die Reverse50C  
66281946-D50CMS67853853 
66291946-S50CMS67724724 
6630194750CMS67694694 
66311947-D50CMS67373373 
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