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

1923-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
6586
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Adolph Alexander Weinman
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,178,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$48,875 • PCGS MS66 • 11-9-2006 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 105,000 R-1.9 24 / 66 TIE 24 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 825 R-5.3 10 / 66 10 / 66
65 or Better 95 R-8.0 14 / 66 TIE 14 / 66 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Gerald R. Forsythe

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2014:5612, $47,000

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Dakota Collection - Legend Numismatics, sold privately in 10/2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98580, $28,200 - Duckor Family Collection of Liberty Walking Halves

4 MS66 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Gerald R. Forsythe

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2014:5612, $47,000

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Dakota Collection - Legend Numismatics, sold privately in 10/2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98580, $28,200 - Duckor Family Collection of Liberty Walking Halves

4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
10 MS65+ PCGS grade

David Hall: There were only three issues of this series struck between 1921 and 1929...the 1923-S, 1927-S, and 1928-S. All three coins are scarce in higher grades, rare in mint state condition, and very rare in Gem condition. The 1923-S is somewhat rarer than the other two in higher circulated grades. It is definitely the rarest of the three in mint state and Gem mint state condition.

This is the first issue in the Walking Liberty half dollar series in which strike can be a definite problem. From here on out...until the last S-Mint was struck in 1946, most of the S-Mint Walkers have weak stirke problems, some severely so. It is not unusual to find mint state 1923-S half dollars that are very weakly struck on Ms. Liberty's hand and the central devices on the reverse. Examples that are relatively sharply struck are hard to find and well worth the premium price they often bring. Luster can be frosty and there are many mint state survivors that are toned.