Liberty Walking Half Dollars: A Brief History
Liberty Walking Half Dollars, also known as Walking Liberty Half Dollars, were a type of silver coin produced by the United States Mint from 1916 to 1947. They are highly regarded by collectors and are considered one of the most beautiful coin designs in American history.
The Walking Liberty Half Dollar was designed by Adolph A. Weinman, a renowned sculptor and artist. The obverse (front) of the coin features a depiction of Lady Liberty with her arm outstretched, draped in a flowing gown, with the American flag over her shoulder, striding towards the dawn of a new day. The obverse design was brought back for the American Eagle silver dollars of 1986-date. The reverse depicts an eagle perched on a rocky crag, where a pine branch grows to symbolize strength. These coins were minted with a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper, giving them a total silver content of 0.36169 troy ounces (11.25 grams). The diameter of the coin is 30.6 mm.
Walking Liberty Half Dollars were produced during a significant period in American history, including both World Wars and the Great Depression. They were minted at three different locations: Philadelphia (no mint mark), Denver (D mint mark), and San Francisco (S mint mark). On the 1916 and some of the 1917 coins, the mintmark can be found on the obverse above IN GOD WE TRUST. From 1917 on, the mint mark on can be found on the reverse side, just above the word "HALF" and below the eagle.
The value of Liberty Walking Half Dollars varies based on factors such as year, mint mark, condition, and rarity. Common dates and circulated coins can be acquired for their silver value or a small premium, while rare dates and coins in high grades can command significant premiums in the collector market.