Walking Liberty Half

The Walking Liberty Half Dollar was first released in 1916, following a contest held to select a new design for the denomination. The winner of the contest was Adolph A. Weinman, who created a striking and iconic image of Liberty to grace the new half dollar. The obverse features Liberty’s full figure, walking towards the left. One hand holds olive branches and the other is outstretched. The reverse design features an eagle with wings raised in a confident stance. 

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Walking Liberty Half Dollar

The popularity of the design makes the Walking Liberty Half Dollar series a favorite of collectors. While a short set of the coins from 1941 to 1947 can be assembled without much difficulty, collecting the full series from 1916 to 1947 can be a challenge, particularly for mint state coins. There are a number of low mintage coins such as the 1921, 1921-D, and 1938-D, and conditionally rare coins such as the 1921-S.

For the Walking Liberty Half Dollar coin series:

  • The series has a duration of 32 years from 1916 to 1947 with some gaps in production. There were no half dollars produced in 1922, from 1924 to 1926, and from 1930 to 1932.
  • Coins were minted at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints.
  • There were a total of 65 different date and mint mark combinations. This includes the separate obverse and reverse mint mark locations for the 1917 issues.
  • The lowest mintage issue is the 1921-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar at 208,000.
  • There are nine different issues with a mintage under one million. This includes the 1916, 1916-S, 1917-D 0bverse mint mark, 1917-S obverse mint mark, 1919, 1921, 1921-D, 1921-S, and 1938-D.
  • The highest mintage coin of the series is the 1942 Philadelphia strike at 47,818,000.
  • The average mintage across all date and mint mark combinations is 7,466,471.

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Walking Liberty Half Dollar Mintages

1916 608,000
1916-D 1,014,400
1916-S 508,000
1917 12,292,000
1917-D Obv Mint Mark 765,400
1917-D Rev Mint Mark 1,940,000
1917-S Obv Mint Mark 952,000
1917-S Rev Mint Mark 5,554,000
1918 6,634,000
1918-D 3,853,040
1918-S 10,282,000
1919 962,000
1919-D 1,165,000
1919-S 1,552,000
1920 6,372,000
1920-D 1,551,000
1920-S 4,624,000
1921 246,000
1921-D 208,000
1921-S 548,000
1923-S 2,178,000
1927-S 2,392,000
1928-S 1,940,000
1929-D 1,001,200
1929-S 1,902,000
1933-S 1,786,000
1934 6,964,000
1934-D 2,361,400
1934-S 3,652,000
1935 9,162,000
1935-D 3,003,800
1935-S 3,854,000
1936 12,614,000
1936-D 4,252,400
1936-S 3,884,000
1937 9,522,000
1937-D 1,676,000
1937-S 2,090,000
1938 4,110,000
1938-D 491,600
1939 6,812,000
1939-D 4,267,800
1939-S 2,552,000
1940 9,156,000
1940-S 4,550,000
1941 24,192,000
1941-D 11,248,400
1941-S 8,098,000
1942 47,818,000
1942-D 10,973,800
1942-S 12,708,000
1943 53,190,000
1943-D 11,346,000
1943-S 13,450,000
1944 28,206,000
1944-D 9,769,000
1944-S 8,904,000
1945 31,502,000
1945-D 9,966,800
1945-S 10,156,000
1946 12,118,000
1946-D 2,151,000
1946-S 3,724,000
1947 4,094,000
1947-D 3,900,600

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