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SERIES: Walking Liberty Half Dollars 1916-1947
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1919-D 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
6578
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Adolph Alexander Weinman
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,165,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$270,250 • PCGS MS66 • 11-4-2004 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 57,500 R-2.4 14 / 66 14 / 66
60 or Better 600 R-5.8 3 / 66 TIE 3 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 15 R-9.3 1 / 66 1 / 66
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2004:6903, $270,250 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2504, $253,000 - Gerald Forsythe Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Anne Kate Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/9/2006:3302, $172,500 - Ron Bauer Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2004:6903, $270,250 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2504, $253,000 - Gerald Forsythe Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Anne Kate Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/9/2006:3302, $172,500 - Ron Bauer Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade  

David Hall: Like the 1919 and 1919-S, the 1919-D is rare in all circulated grades and very rare in high grades. It is even rarer still in mint state and in Gem condition it is the rarest of all Walking Liberty half dollars. There are just a dozen or so MS65 examples known and anything higher than MS65 is almost unknown. This is a rare coin in all grades and a major 20th century condition rarity in Gem condition.

Strike is a major problem with this issue. Most 1919-D half dollars are very weakly struck thru the central devices, with little if any hand detail on the obverse, and often with weak eagle's breast feathers on the reverse. The lack of striking detail is the major reason Gems are so rare (couple with the overall rarity of the issue in mint state.) Luster is also often a problem and there are some mint state examples with unattractive toning. In short, finding a pleasing mint state example of this issue is very difficult.