Friday, February 24, 2012

Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Designed by Adolph A Weinman, the Walking Liberty Half Dollar was put into service in 1916. Weinman’s masterpiece depicts Miss Liberty "walking" toward the rising sun on obverse and an imposing eagle standing majestically on a mountain cliff on reverse. Weinman’s initials (AW) are placed under the eagle’s tail feathers. In 1916 and beginning of 1917, the mint marks "D" and "S" of Denver and San Francisco were placed on the obverse below the motto. However, in 1917, their location was moved to the reverse, on the lower left side. At the Philadelphia Mint, the coins were struck without any mint mark. A number of key dates are sought out by collectors: 1916, 1916-S, 1917-D Obverse, 1917-S Obverse, 1919, 1921, 1921-D, 1921-S, 1938-D and 1942-D/S. Collectors also look for Walking Liberty Half Dollars in mint state and proof. A very few walkers were struck with satin-finish and brilliant proof looks.

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