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Encyclopedia > Walking Liberty Half Dollar
Walking Liberty Half Dollar (United States)
Value: .50 U.S. dollars
Mass: 12.50 g
Diameter: 30.6 mm
Thickness:  ??? mm
Edge: reeded
Composition: 90% Ag, 10% Cu
Obverse
Walking Liberty Half Dollar obverse
Design: Lady Liberty walking and holding
an olive branch
Designer: Adolph Weinman
Design Date: 1916
Reverse
Walking Liberty Half Dollar reverse
Design: A perched bald eagle
Designer: Adolph Weinman
Design Date: 1916

Walking Liberty Half Dollar A silver half dollar coin issued by the United States government, equal to 50 cents. Walking Liberties were minted from 1916-1947. The coin is named after its representation of Liberty on the obverse. The coin's obverse and reverse was designed by Adolph Weinman and his mark, AAW, appears under the eagle's wing feathers on the reverse. The United States dollar, or American dollar, is the official currency of the United States. ... The gram or gramme, symbol g, is a unit of mass, and is defined in the SI system of units as one one-thousandth of a kilogram (i. ... A millimetre (American spelling: millimeter), symbol mm is an SI unit of length that is equal to one thousandth of a metre. ... A millimetre (American spelling: millimeter), symbol mm is an SI unit of length that is equal to one thousandth of a metre. ... General Name, Symbol, Number silver, Ag, 47 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 5, d Appearance lustrous white metal Atomic mass 107. ... General Name, Symbol, Number copper, Cu, 29 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 4, d Appearance copper, metallic Atomic mass 63. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Liberty (also known as Lady Liberty or the Goddess of Liberty) personifies liberty and freedom, particularly popular in the United States. ... 1916 is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January-February January 1 -The first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Binomial name Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Linnaeus, 1766) The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a bird of prey indigenous to North America, and is the national symbol of the United States. ... 1916 is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January-February January 1 -The first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled. ... General Name, Symbol, Number silver, Ag, 47 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 5, d Appearance lustrous white metal Atomic mass 107. ... The Half Dollar of the United States has been produced nearly every year since the inception of the United States Mint in 1793. ... Liberty is generally thought of in English as a condition in which an individual has immunity from the arbitrary exercise of authority; it often also implies the right to exercise political rights such as standing for office. ...

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History

All American coinage at the turn of the 20th century was set to be changed in an effort started by President Theodore Roosevelt. The new half dollar succeeded the unpopular and often ridiculed Barber half dollar. This coin along with the Mercury dime (which Weinman also designed) and Standing Liberty quarter eliminated the uniform design that was a tradition of American coinage since the mint opened in 1793. Theodore Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was the twenty-fifth (1901) Vice President and the twenty-sixth (1901-09) President of the United States, succeeding to the office upon the assassination of William McKinley. ... A dime is a coin minted by the United States with a denomination of 1/10th of a United States dollar or ten cents. ...


The Walking Liberty half dollar obverse is considered the best designed silver coin in American coinage. As a result is was used as the obverse design of the American Silver Eagle bullion coin while the St. Gaudens double eagle obverse was chosen for the obverse of the American Gold Eagle series. The American Silver Eagle is the official silver bullion coin of the United States. ... St. ... The American Gold Eagle is the official gold bullion coin of the United States. ...


Mints

Mintmarks were located on the obverse under 'In God We Trust' in 1916 and 1917. In mid 1917, the mintmark was moved to the reverse. It is located to the upper left of 'half dollar' along the rim. In God We Trust on the twenty dollar bill In God We Trust is a national motto of the United States of America. ...

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Special varieties/errors

Unlike most United States coins, the Walking Liberty half dollar only has one sigificant error. The 1946-P has a Doubled reverse variety that has an increased value.


Rarities

In the series there are no difficult rarities but there are several valuable dates:

  • 1916-S
  • 1917-S Obverse Mint Mark
  • 1921-P
  • 1921-D
  • 1921-S
  • 1938-D

References

  • Yeoman, R.S. A Guide Book of United States Coins Atlanta: Whitman Publishing, 2004
  • Edler, Joel and Harper, Dave U.S. Coin Digest Iola: Krause Publications, 2004

External links


Preceded by:
Barber Half Dollar
Half Dollar Coin of the United States (1916-1947)
Succeeded by:
Franklin Half Dollar


Half Dollar Coins of the United States Flowing Hair Half Dollar (1794, 1795) Drapped Bust Half Dollar (1796-1807) Capped Bust Half Dollar (1807-1839) Seated Liberty Half Dollar (1839-1891) Barber Half Dollar (1892-1915) Walking Liberty Half Dollar (1916-1947) Franklin Half Dollar (1948-1963) Kennedy Half Dollar... The Franklin half dollar is a coin of the United States, minted from 1948 to 1963. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
Walking Liberty Half (1119 words)
Over 485 million Walking Liberty halves were made between 1916 and 1947, but they were issued only sporadically during the 1920s and early '30s, none being minted in 1922, 1924-26 and 1930-32.
Mintages were particularly low in 1921, and the P, D and S half dollars from that year all rank among the major keys of the series.
The Franklin half dollar succeeded the Walker in 1948.
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