Expert Comments

David Hall

The 1946-D is the enigma of the Walking Liberty half dollar series. It is the lowest mintage of the 1939 to 1947 issues and indeed it is the hardest to find in circulated condition. Back when I was a teenager (early 1960s) and circulated rolls of post 1933 coins were a big deal, the 1946-D was a premium issue in circulated condition that traded for significantly higher price than other issues of the 1940s. But in uncirculated condition, this is the second most common Walking Liberty half dollar, with only the 1943 Philadelphia being more common. Bottom line is that a huge quantity of uncirculated rolls was saved. So this issue is very easy to locate in mint state grades up to MS65. But the enigma of the 1946-D continues for in grades above MS66 this issue is almost impossible to find. Seems that uncirculated examples were saved, including many grading MS 65, but the quality was a little off and Superb Gems are rare. This issue is usually decently struck. The look can range from frosty white (a little more satiny and subdued than earlier issue though) to various degrees of toning.

 

PCGS #
6628
Designer
Adolph Alexander Weinman
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.50 grams
Mintage
2151000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
21687
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 700000 R-1.4 60 / 66 TIE 60 / 66 TIE
All Grades 300000 R-1.8 63 / 66 TIE 63 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 65000 R-2.3 65 / 66 TIE 65 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 700000
All Grades 300000
60 or Better 65000
65 or Better R-1.4
All Grades R-1.8
60 or Better R-2.3
65 or Better 60 / 66 TIE
All Grades 63 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 65 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 60 / 66 TIE
All Grades 63 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 65 / 66 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2014:4591, $14,100 - Gerald Forsythe Collection

1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 11/2018:201, $18,213 - Lulu Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 12/2018:3516, $900 - Heritage 7/2019:7355, $840 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2019:356

1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2019:307, $14,688

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

Heritage 6/2014:4591, $14,100 - Gerald Forsythe Collection

MS67+ PCGS grade #1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 11/2018:201, $18,213 - Lulu Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS67+ PCGS grade #1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 12/2018:3516, $900 - Heritage 7/2019:7355, $840 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2019:356

MS67+ PCGS grade #1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2019:307, $14,688

MS67+ PCGS grade #1 MS67+ PCGS grade