1921-S 50C VF30 Certification #37598682, PCGS #6585

Expert Comments

David Hall

The 1921-S is the "key" date of the Walking Liberty half dollar series. But interestingly, it is not the rarest Walker in G or VG condition, and it is not the rarest Walker in Gem condition. The mintage of the 1921-S is a little more than double that of the 1921 and 1921-D. And indeed the 1921 and 1921-D are rarer in G and VG condition, as are the 1917-S obverse and even the 1938-D (which is rare in circulated grades, but not so rare in mint state). But apparently the 1921-S was not saved at the time of issue because when you get to grades VF20 and higher, the 1921-S becomes the rarest and most expensive Walking Liberty half dollar. And the 1921-S is by far the rarest Walker in mint state condition. It is not, however, the rarest Walker in Gem condition as the 1919-D is marginally rarer. But both the 1921-S and 1919-D are extremely rare in MS65 or better condition with just a handful of each known to exist in Gem condition.

The typical mint state 1921-S has soft frosty luster with somewhat of a satin look. That is of course unless the coin has toned, and there are probably as many toned mint state specimens as there are mostly white ones. Strike can be somewhat soft on this issue, though it is not the severe problem you see with the 1919-D and the S-Mints of the 1940s.

 

 

PCGS #
6585
Designer
Adolph Alexander Weinman
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.50 grams
Mintage
548000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
350
Pop Lower
2358
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 27500 R-2.7 4 / 66 TIE 4 / 66 TIE
All Grades 300 R-6.4 1 / 66 1 / 66
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 2 / 66 2 / 66
65 or Better 27500
All Grades 300
60 or Better 20
65 or Better R-2.7
All Grades R-6.4
60 or Better R-9.1
65 or Better 4 / 66 TIE
All Grades 1 / 66
60 or Better 2 / 66
65 or Better 4 / 66 TIE
All Grades 1 / 66
60 or Better 2 / 66

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Gerald Forsythe Collection

2 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade

Ron Bauer Walking Liberty Half Dollars Collection

2 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade

George Edward Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:2258, $108,687.50 - Heritage 1/2014:5273, $105,750 - Duckor Family Collection of Liberty Walking Half Dollars

4 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Legend Numismatics, sold privately in 10/2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30582, $88,125

4 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Ally Collection - Heritage 7/2002:8528 - Anne Kate Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/2006:3319, $161,000 - Heritage 8/2012:5168, $73,437.50

MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade

Gerald Forsythe Collection

MS65+ PCGS grade #2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Ron Bauer Walking Liberty Half Dollars Collection

MS65+ PCGS grade #2 MS65+ PCGS grade

George Edward Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:2258, $108,687.50 - Heritage 1/2014:5273, $105,750 - Duckor Family Collection of Liberty Walking Half Dollars

MS65 PCGS grade #4 MS65 PCGS grade

Legend Numismatics, sold privately in 10/2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30582, $88,125

MS65 PCGS grade #4 MS65 PCGS grade

Ally Collection - Heritage 7/2002:8528 - Anne Kate Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/2006:3319, $161,000 - Heritage 8/2012:5168, $73,437.50