1940-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Walking Liberty Half Dollars 1916-1947

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS #:
6610
Designer:
Adolph Alexander Weinman
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
4,550,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

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

Heritage 4/2013:4301, $35,250

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

Bob R. Simpson Collection

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

Heritage 4/2013:4301, $35,250

#4 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS67 PCGS grade
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.