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

1940-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+
PCGS #:
6610
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Adolph Alexander Weinman
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
4,550,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$35,250 • PCGS MS67 • 4-24-2013 • 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 225,000 R-1.8 35 / 66 TIE 35 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 35,000 R-2.6 41 / 66 TIE 41 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 6,000 R-3.8 39 / 66 TIE 39 / 66 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

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

Bob R. Simpson Collection

1 MS67+ PCGS grade
1 MS67+ PCGS grade
4 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2013:4301, $35,250

4 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 PCGS grade  

David Hall: The 1940-S has the distinction of being the worst struck of all the Walking Liberty Half Dollars. The typical 1940-S is very weakly struck at Ms. Liberty's left hand with many specimens showing no hand detail at all. The phrase "flat as a pancake" is very appropriate for this issue. Decently struck examples do exist, but they are scarce. The 1940-S is the rarest Walker of the 1940s in both uncirculated and Gem condition. It is quite a bit rarer than the more highly touted 1941-S. The 1941-S gets more attention because of a holdover from the days of coin albums when the Walking Liberty half dollar set came in two albums, the 1916-1940 issues in one and the 1941-1947 issues in another. The 1941-1947 albums were know as the "short set" and the 1941-S is the rarest coin in the "short set," hence it's popularity as a late date Walker rarity.  However, the 1940-S is definitely rarer.