Walking Liberty Half Dollar Values and Prices

How Much Is My Walking Liberty Half Dollar Worth?

Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Image Courtesy of: Heritage Auction Galleries, Ha.com

This Walking Liberty half dollars coin value guide will give you an approximate value for your coins.  The table below provides average coin prices and values based upon the condition of the coin. 

The Walking Liberty half dollar is a coin issued by The United States Mint from 1916 until 1947 and has a face value of fifty cents. The coin was designed by Adolf A. Weinman and replaced the earlier Barber half dollar that was designed by Charles E.

Barber. Mint Director, Robert W. Woolley had the Commission of Fine Arts conduct a design competition to replace the dime, quarter and half dollar. Weinman's design of Lady Liberty striding towards the sun on the obverse and an eagle perched on a rock for the reverse won the design competition.

Market Analysis

Walking Liberty half dollars are collected by a substantial number of coin collectors.  Therefore, the market is fairly strong if you are selling your coins. But don't expect to walk into a coin shop with a bag of Walking Liberty fifty cent pieces and expect the coin dealer dig through them to pull out the valuable ones for you.  If you want to get the most amount of money for your Walking Liberty halves, you need to sort them and organize them so the dealer can quickly see what you have.

Key Dates, Rarities, and Varieties

The following Walking Liberty half dollars are worth considerably more (in any condition) than common Walking Liberty halves.

  As such, these coins may be counterfeit or altered from common Walking Liberty half dollars.  Therefore, before you start celebrating your new found fortune, have the coin authenticated by a reputable coin dealer or third party grading service.

  • 1916-S
  • 1917-S Obv. mint mark
  • 1919-D
  • 1921
  • 1921-D
  • 1921-S

Condition or Grade 

If your coin is worn and looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below, it is considered a circulated coin.

  • Photo of a Circulated Walking Liberty Half Dollar

If your coin looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below and has no evidence of wear due to being in circulation, it is considered an uncirculated coin.

  • Photo of an Uncirculated Walking Liberty Half Dollar

Mint Marks

Walking Liberty Half Dollars were produced at three different mints: Philadelphia (no mint mark), Denver (D) and San Francisco (S).  As illustrated in the picture links below, for 1916 and 1917 dated coins the mint mark is located on the obverse of the coin, lower right just below "In God We Trust". Coins dated 1917 to 1947, the mintmark is on the reverse of the coin on the lower left just under the branch that the eagle is perched on. Please note that some 1917 dated coins have the mint mark on the front and some have it on the back.

  • Mint Mark Location Obverse 1916 - 1917
  • Mint Mark Location Reverse 1917 - 1947

Walking Liberty Half Dollars Average Prices and Values

The following table lists the buy price (what you can expect to pay to a dealer to purchase the coin) and sell value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you if you sell the coin). The first column lists the date and mint mark (see the photo above) followed by the buy price and the sell value for an average circulated Walking Liberty half dollar.

  The next two columns list the buy price and the sell value for an average uncirculated. These are approximate retail prices and wholesale values. The actual offer you receive from a particular coin dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and a number of other factors that determine its worth.

Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
1916$100.00$50.00 $560.00$370.00
1916 D$90.00$50.00 $500.00$330.00
1916 S *$300.00$160.00 $1,800.00$1,200.00
1917$21.00$12.00 $200.00$140.00
1917 D Obv. mint mark$90.00$50.00 $900.00$700.00
1917 D Rev. mint mark$70.00$37.00 $1,800.00$1,300.00
1917 S Obv. mint mark *$220.00$120.00 $3,700.00$2,700.00
1917 S Rev. mint mark$25.00$14.00 $1,100.00$800.00
1918$35.00$19.00 $800.00$600.00
1918 D$53.00$29.00 $2,300.00$1,700.00
1918 S$25.00$13.00 $1,400.00$1,000.00
1919$120.00$70.00 $2,700.00$2,000.00
1919 D *$200.00$110.00 $10,300.00$7,300.00
1919 S$120.00$70.00 $5,800.00$4,100.00
1920$26.00$14.00 $600.00$430.00
1920 D$110.00$60.00 $2,900.00$2,100.00
1920 S$45.00$24.00 $2,100.00$1,400.00
1921 *$460.00$250.00 $6,400.00$4,500.00
1921 D *$570.00$300.00 $10,100.00$7,000.00
1921 S *$390.00$210.00 $24,000.00$17,000.00
1923 S$51.00$29.00 $2,600.00$1,900.00
1927 S$26.00$15.00 $1,700.00$1,200.00
1928 S$38.00$20.00 $1,800.00$1,200.00
1929 D$24.00$13.00 $580.00$410.00
1929 S$24.00$14.00 $740.00$510.00
Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
1933 S$19.00$11.00 $1,000.00$700.00
1934$17.00$9.00 $90.00$60.00
1934 D$19.00$10.00 $200.00$150.00
1934 S$17.00$9.00 $540.00$380.00
1935$18.00$10.00 $60.00$40.00
1935 D$18.00$9.00 $220.00$160.00
1935 S$18.00$10.00 $340.00$230.00
1936$18.00$10.00 $60.00$42.00
1936 D$17.00$10.00 $100.00$70.00
1936 S$17.00$9.00 $170.00$120.00
1937$17.00$9.00 $56.00$38.00
1937 D$18.00$10.00 $210.00$150.00
1937 S$17.00$10.00 $170.00$120.00
1938$17.00$9.00 $100.00$70.00
1938 D$67.00$37.00 $540.00$400.00
1939$17.00$10.00 $52.00$37.00
1939 D$18.00$10.00 $57.00$40.00
1939 S$17.00$9.00 $170.00$120.00
1940$14.00B.V. $43.00$31.00
1940 S$15.00$9.00 $59.00$41.00
1941$14.00B.V. $41.00$27.00
1941 D$15.00$9.00 $46.00$33.00
1941 S$15.00B.V. $90.00$70.00
Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
1942$15.00B.V. $41.00$28.00
1942 D$14.00B.V. $55.00$40.00
1942 S$14.00B.V. $60.00$44.00
1943$14.00B.V. $41.00$28.00
1943 D$14.00B.V. $54.00$38.00
1943 S$14.00B.V. $57.00$39.00
1944$14.00B.V. $39.00$26.00
1944 D$15.00B.V. $49.00$36.00
1944 S$14.00B.V. $46.00$33.00
1945$15.00B.V. $43.00$31.00
1945 D$14.00B.V. $43.00$30.00
1945 S$14.00B.V. $45.00$33.00
1946$14.00B.V. $42.00$28.00
1946 D$15.00B.V. $46.00$32.00
1946 S$15.00B.V. $43.00$29.00
1947$14.00B.V. $46.00$32.00
1947 D$15.00B.V. $51.00$36.00
Date-Mint Set
$3,600.00$2,000.00 $86,000.00$61,000.00
Date Set
$1,000.00$600.00 $19,500.00$13,800.00

B.V. = Bullion Value; Look up the Current Intrinsic Bullion Value of U.S. Silver Coins
"-" (dash) = Not Applicable or not enough data exists to calculate an average price.
* = See the section above "Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties" for more information on these coins.

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