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The G B W Collection - 2nd

HOF
Current Statistics
Rank

2
GPA with Top Bonuses

67.446
GPA Weighted

66.568
Complete

98.48%
Set Rating

66.726
Retired Statistics
Rank

1
GPA Weighted

66.585
Complete

100.00%
Set Rating

66.585

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

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1916 6566 1916 50C MS67 5 0 50
1916-D 6567 1916-D 50C MS67 3 0 30
1916-S 6568 1916-S 50C MS66 13 1 131
1917 6569 1917 50C MS67 3 0 30
1917-D Obverse 6570 1917-D 50C MS66 5 0 50
1917-D Reverse 6571 1917-D 50C MS66 5 0 50
1917-S Obverse 6572 1917-S 50C MS67 1 0 10
1917-S Reverse 6573 1917-S 50C MS66 9 2 92
1918 6574 1918 50C MS66 9 0 90
1918-D 6575 1918-D 50C MS66 3 0 30
1918-S 6576 1918-S 50C MS67 1 0 10
1919 6577 1919 50C MS67 5 0 50
1919-D 6578 1919-D 50C MS66 1 0 10
1919-S 6579 1919-S 50C MS66 11 0 110
1920 6580 1920 50C MS66 20 1 201
1920-D 6581 1920-D 50C MS66 7 0 70
1920-S 6582 1920-S 50C MS66 8 0 80
1921 6583 1921 50C MS66 4 0 40
1921-D 6584 1921-D 50C MS66 3 0 30
1921-S 6585 1921-S 50C MS66 1 0 10
1923-S 6586 1923-S 50C MS67 1 0 10
1927-S 6587 1927-S 50C MS66 8 0 80
1928-S 6588 1928-S 50C MS66 7 0 70
1929-D 6589 1929-D 50C MS67 1 0 10
1929-S 6590 1929-S 50C MS66 53 2 532
1933-S 6591 1933-S 50C MS67 14 1 141
1934 6592 1934 50C MS68 8 0 80
1934-D 6593 1934-D 50C MS66 187 21 18721
1934-S 6594 1934-S 50C MS67 8 0 80
1935 6595 1935 50C MS68 1 0 10
1935-D 6596 1935-D 50C MS66 128 5 1285
1935-S 6597 1935-S 50C MS67 3 0 30
1936 6598 1936 50C MS67 173 17 17317
1936-D 6599 1936-D 50C MS67 37 2 382
1936-S 6600 1936-S 50C MS67 11 0 110
1937 6601 1937 50C MS67 146 23 14623
1937-D 6602 1937-D 50C MS67 61 2 612
1937-S 6603 1937-S 50C MS67 36 2 362
1938 6604 1938 50C MS67 104 6 1046
1938-D 6605 1938-D 50C MS67 42 3 423
1939 6606 1939 50C MS68 24 3 243
1939-D 6607 1939-D 50C MS68 2 0 20
1939-S 6608 1939-S 50C MS67 197 10 19710
1940 6609 1940 50C MS68 27 0 270
1940-S 6610 1940-S 50C MS67 10 3 103
1941 6611 1941 50C MS68 25 1 251
1941-D 6612 1941-D 50C MS68 1 0 10
1941-S 6613 1941-S 50C MS67 9 0 90
1942 6614 1942 50C MS68 6 0 60
1942-D 6615 1942-D 50C MS68 5 0 50
1942-S 6617 1942-S 50C MS66 517 76 51776
1943 6618 1943 50C MS68 10 0 100
1943-D 6619 1943-D 50C MS68 2 0 20
1943-S 6620 1943-S 50C MS67 43 1 431
1944 6621 1944 50C MS67 117 23 11723
1944-D 6622 1944-D 50C MS67 264 11 27512
1944-S 6623 1944-S 50C MS67 8 0 80
1945 6624 1945 50C MS67 163 18 16318
1945-D 6625 1945-D 50C MS67 200 20 20020
1945-S 6626 1945-S 50C MS67 42 1 421
1946 6627 1946 50C MS67 64 5 645
1946 Doubled Die Reverse 1946 50C
1946-D 6628 1946-D 50C MS67 86 4 864
1946-S 6629 1946-S 50C MS67 73 4 734
1947 6630 1947 50C MS67 71 4 714
1947-D 6631 1947-D 50C MS67 40 3 403