Walking Liberty Key Dates

By | December 28, 2015
Key Date 1916

1916 Walking Liberty Half Dollar- Obverse

Walking Liberty Key Dates

Walking Liberty Half Dollar - Reverse

Reverse of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar

The beautiful Walking Liberty Half Dollar, minted from 1916 to 1947, remains a favorite among collectors, in part because of the artistry of its design. The obverse features a striding Lady Liberty. The reverse depicts a gorgeous perched eagle, with wings half extended.

Several of the issues had quite limited production and represent the key dates in the Walker Half Dollar series:


1938-D Half Dollar

1938-D Walking Liberty Half

  • 1916: 608,000 minted
  • 1916-S: 508,000 minted
  • 1921: 246,000 minted
  • 1921-D: 208,000 minted
  • 1938-D: 491,600 minted

These key dates always command higher prices as time goes on, simply because of their scarcity relative to their demand among collectors.

Compare the low mintages of the key dates to the 1942 issue, the most abundantly produced Walker, which had 47,818,000 coins minted. Most other Walker Half dates had well over 1,000,000 coins produced.

Investment Potential of the Walking Liberty Key Dates

Well-Worn 1921-D Walker Half

1921-D Walker Half, well circulated.

Investors would do well to investigate high-grade Walking Liberty Key Dates. The price trajectories of these scarce issues has increased consistently.

Lets look at the value trend of the 1921-D Walker graded at VG-8 (Very Good condition):

This represents an average increase in value of over 7 percent each year. This is not a bad number at all for a conservative investor.

2016: Centennial Year for this Coin

If you are reading this in 2016, be aware that this is the centennial year for the Walking Liberty Half. Considered by many to be one of America’s most beautiful coins, this would be a good time to acquire some for your collection!

Where To Buy Your Key Walking Liberty Halves

Because the Walking Liberty Half is such a popular series with collectors, they are easily obtained from many sources. Some of the best buys can be found at eBay and Amazon.

Be sure to consider buying coins that have been certified by one of the well-known grading companies such as PCGS, NGC, ANACS, especially if you are buying higher-grade coins for investment purposes. That way you will know the exact grade of your coin. You can then resell it in the future without having to worry about the coin’s quality at the time of the sale.

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