PCGS 6565 - Walking Liberty Half Dollar (1916-1947)

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Walking Liberty Half Dollar (1916-1947)

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The Walking Liberty half dollar series began in 1916 and ended in 1947. Designed by Adolph A. Weinman, also known for designing the "Mercury" dime, the Walking LIberty half dollar is seen by Numismatic Experts and casual collectors as one of the most beautiful silver coin produced by the U.S. Mint. Adolph Weinman, born in Germany, came to the U.S. at age 10. He trained with the well known sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens where he worked on the famous Saint-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle gold coin. After Saint-Gaudens death Weinman continued and by 1915 was well known as one of America's greatest sculptors. Issued only sporadically during the 1920s and early 1930s the Walking Liberty saw more than 485 million half dollars minted from 1916 through 1947.


Adolph A. Weinman

Adolph A. Weinman's obverse design for the Walking Liberty half dollar has been hailed as one of the greatest of all time. It depicts a full-length allegorical Liberty striding left, garbed in the stars and stripes of Old Glory. Liberty carries in her left hand branches of laurel and oak. Her right hand is outstretched as she walks toward the dawn of a new day represented by the rising sun with rays. A large, plain field is on the right, at Liberty's back. Thre design is used as the obverse design of the American Silver Eagle bullion coin while the Saint-Gaudens double eagle obverse was chosen for the obverse of the American Gold Eagle series.


The reverse of the coin features an American bald eagle with wings spread proudly. Weinman's initials, AAW, can be found under its wing tip. It rests on a rocky crag with mountain pine sapling springing from its cracks. The Mint Mark signifying the city where these coins were struck is located just below the pine sapling for all coins struck after 1917 (for the first year and a half, it was located on the obverse under the motto).


Walking Liberty Half Dollar (1916-1947) Mintage


  • Weight: ±193 grains (±12.5 grams)
  • Diameter: ±30 millimeters
  • Composition: Silver - 90%/Copper - 10%
  • Silver Content: 0.36169 oz.
  • Edge: Reeded.

Catalog reference

Prices realized from past auction lots. (PCGS Holder)

PCGS Price Guide [1]


  • Breen, Walter H., Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U. S. and Colonial Coins, New York: Doubleday, 1987.
  • Yeoman, R. S., and Kenneth Bressett (ed.), A Guide Book of United States Coins, 59th Ed., Atlanta, GA: Whitman Publishing, 2005.
  • U.S. Mint