1940-S 50C MS63 Certification #80620982, PCGS #6610

Expert Comments

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.

PCGS #
6610
Designer
Adolph Alexander Weinman
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.50 grams
Mintage
4550000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
4268
Pop Lower
461
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 225000 R-1.8 35 / 66 TIE 35 / 66 TIE
All Grades 35000 R-2.6 41 / 66 TIE 41 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 6000 R-3.8 39 / 66 TIE 39 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 225000
All Grades 35000
60 or Better 6000
65 or Better R-1.8
All Grades R-2.6
60 or Better R-3.8
65 or Better 35 / 66 TIE
All Grades 41 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 39 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 35 / 66 TIE
All Grades 41 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 39 / 66 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

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

Bob R. Simpson Collection

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

Bob R. Simpson Collection

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