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1941-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Walking Liberty Half Dollars 1916-1947

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
6613
Designer:
Adolph Alexander Weinman
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
8,098,000
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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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 400,000 R-1.7 41 / 66 TIE 41 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 50,000 R-2.5 43 / 66 TIE 43 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 7,500 R-3.5 42 / 66 TIE 42 / 66 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 400,000
60 or Better 50,000
65 or Better 7,500
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-1.7
60 or Better R-2.5
65 or Better R-3.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 41 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 43 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 42 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 41 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 43 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 42 / 66 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:4302, $28,200

1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade PCGS #6613 (MS)     67
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
9 MS66+ PCGS grade
9 MS66+ PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:4302, $28,200

#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
PCGS #6613 (MS)     67 #1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#9 MS66+ PCGS grade
#9 MS66+ PCGS grade
David Hall:

It's somewhat of a fluke that the 1941-S is considered a "key" date. What happened was that when coin albums were popular in the 1950s and 1960s, the Walking Liberty half dollar series took two albums of space. The first album was the 1916 to 1940 issues and the second album was the 1941 to 1947 issues. The 1940 cut-off date was rather arbitrary and had little to do with anything significant about the series or the date. it was just the point at which the first album ran out out of space. The result was that the 1941-1947 album became a collectible set that was very popular with collectors of the day as it was much easier to complete than the earlier 1916-1940 album which contained the very rare early dates. So the 1941-S, which is indeed the rarest 1941-1947 in uncirculated and Gem condition, became the key date for the 1941-1947 "short set" (as it was called at the time). But the 1941-S is really not that rare. The 1940-S, for example, is much rarer. That said, the 1941-S remains an important coin and it is definitely scarcer than the other 1941-1947 issues.

For the 1941-S, like all of the 1940-1946 San Francisco Mint Walkers, strike is a problem. Specimens are often encountered, even otherwise superb Gem examples, that are very weakly struck on Ms. Liberty's left hand. Examples with a sharply struck hand are rare. Luster can be white and frosty (and I have seen many original rolls back in the day) and there are also many toned examples...some nicely so and some dark and dingy. Eye appeal is an issue so look for the white frosty or attractively toned examples.

Regency XVI Preview | Legend Rare Coin Auctions | February 18, 2016

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