Walking Liberty Half Dollar
Time Honored Classics
The Short Set (1941 – 1947)
We have been interested in the early silver coinage of the 20th Century for years because of the unique designs and the historical importance of an era when our national coinage was made out of silver. In particular we have studied the high-grade Walking Liberty Half Dollar because the series offers a number of advantages:
First, while Walking Liberty Half Dollars are old, they are not so early as to make finding high grade examples impossible. Second, with the advent of independent grading reliable pricing is assured, making buy or sell decisions easy. Third, the Walking Liberty Half Dollar front (obverse) and back (reverse) are beautiful – symbolic and tied to American history.
History & Why Grading Is Key
The Walking Liberty Half Dollar series replaced the Barber Series in 1916 for two reasons. First, Barbers had been produced for 25 years and were no longer protected by statutory lease. Second, the public pressured the Treasury to produce coins that were “beauty and art to all its citizens” and the Weinman’s design was chosen.
Mr. Weinman’s comments: “The design of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar bears a full-length figure of Liberty, the folds of the stars and stripes flying in the breeze as a background, progressing in full stride toward the dawn of a new day, carrying branches of laurel and oaks, symbolic of civil and military glory. The hand of the figure is outstretched in bestowal of the spirit of Liberty. The reverse of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar shows an eagle perched high upon a mountain crag, his wings unfolded, fearless in spirit and conscious of his power. Springing from a rift in the rock is a sapling of Mountain Pine symbolic of America”.
The Walking Liberty half dollar was struck from 1916 through 1947. The popular Short Set, contains all the dates and mint-marks struck between 1941 and 1947 (20 coins).
The key to success in the Walking Liberty Half Dollar series lies with choosing the most favorable grade. We believe MS65 (Gem Uncirculated) examples are the best choice because rarity increases dramatically yet prices remain affordable.
The Short Set Makes Collecting and Investing Sense
1. We believe that of the original Walking Liberty Half Dollar mintage’s less than 1% has been graded PCGS MS65. This availability could translate into higher prices given that the public rediscovers this overlooked area.
2. Major auction houses feature this coin because of its extensive collector base and wide appeal.
3. Our guess is that about 10% of rare coin buyers are active traders meaning the other 90% work at accumulating a position and rarely consider selling. The corollary is that over time less Walking Liberty Half Dollars come on the market.
4. Inflation is not in the headlines but with our government spending it’s only a matter of time. Many believe high grade rare coins are great inflation fighters because the aggressive inflation of the 1970’s saw unprecedented price increases.
5. There is a possibility that rare coins will once again be allowed in Individual Retirement Accounts. If this happens these high grade certified rare coins could stay off the market for decades, dramatically shrinking supply.
6. Compare the Walking Liberty half dollar in PCGS MS-65 to other less respectable choices in the $100 to $300 price range and its integrity can be seen in Technicolor. The most important aspect of this investment is the inexpensive entry point. Many MS-65 Walking Liberty Half Dollars are priced so low that any new investor can build a meaningful collection.
The Advantages of “Set” Investing
Walkers can be accumulated one at a time with the idea of forming a set – a wonderful approach because an inherent plan is part of the process. You could purchase the complete set but the fact that anyone can begin a set is a plus to everyone who owns a set. There is something inherently complete and valuable about the psychology of sets.
What To Do Now?
1. Call toll free (1-800-225-7531) with questions and we will further explain two valuable extra’s: First, while the technical grade of MS65 is guaranteed by PCGS we only choose examples which fall into the higher end of the range. Second, these chosen coins must be blast-white in color. This attention to detail does not cost more but informed buyers know “eye appeal” is like cash in the bank.
2. Actually holding these beautiful coins in your hands is a big plus – so here is our Risk-Free Offer: If you believe, as we do, that these 20th Century silver coins represent a great opportunity inquire about availability. There is no obligation and this will allow us to custom fit this diversification to your needs regardless of budget. If you decide to place an order we also pay for shipping and insurance. Your satisfaction is guaranteed and if you are not delighted simply return the coins within 7 days for a complete no-questions-asked refund.
The Short Set Contains These 20 Coins
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1941-P||PCGS||MS65||$99|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1941-D||PCGS||MS65||$120|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1941-S||PCGS||MS65||$545|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1942-P||PCGS||MS65||$99|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1942-D||PCGS||MS65||$157|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1942-S||PCGS||MS65||$302|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1943-P||PCGS||MS65||$99|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1943-D||PCGS||MS65||$150|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1943-S||PCGS||MS65||$215|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1944-P||PCGS||MS65||$99|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1944-D||PCGS||MS65||$99|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1944-S||PCGS||MS65||$270|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1945-P||PCGS||MS65||$99|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1945-D||PCGS||MS65||$110|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1945-S||PCGS||MS65||$104|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1946-P||PCGS||MS65||$104|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1946-D||PCGS||MS65||$100|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1946-S||PCGS||MS65||$104|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1947-P||PCGS||MS65||$110|
|Walking Lib Half Dollar||1947-D||PCGS||MS65||$115|