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Sale 81

The Pre-Long Beach Sale


Walking Liberty Half Dollars
 
 
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Lot 910
1917. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC Approved. PQ. Well struck and quite frosty. Mint Director F.J.H. von Engelken (September 1916 to March 1917), said in 1916, "The design of the half dollar bears a full-length figure of Liberty, the folds of the Stars and Stripes flying to the breeze as a background, progressing in full stride toward the dawn of a new day, carrying branches of laurel and oak, symbolical of civil and military glory. The hand of the figure is outstretched in bestowal of the spirit of Liberty." The reverse of the 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, symbolical of America." (PCGS # 6569) .
Estimated Value $400 - 450.
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$705
Lot 911
1919-D. PCGS graded MS-64. Nice old time toning on both sides. One of the rarest Walking Liberty Halves of the series and a date which is pretty much unobtainable in Gem condition. The entire surface is toned lightly with variegated "antique" silver hues over the gleaming luster. The surfaces are a study in themselves, and scrutinizing them closely, we find virtually no faults whatsoever.

Nearly a century of numismatic auctions confirm 1919-D as one of the key dates that tend to come poorly struck. The usual problem areas seen for the Walking Liberty half dollar are Liberty's central skirt lines, her head which tends toward rounding as here, or sometimes it is entirely flat, the hand and the eagle's breast. Careful study of the present coin should satisfy the specialist that the grading service has properly assessed the coins merits in assigning the MS64 grade. If truth be told, this specimen has a wonderful and very attractive appearance. A rarity in this condition, and we wish to emphasize that will entice any specialist to try to obtain this outstanding coin for a quality collection or rare coin portfolio. On the surfaces alone, this particular coin will likely be very near the top of this illustrious group of MS64s: Pop 73; 15 finer, 3 in 64+, 11 in 65, 1 in 66. (PCGS # 6578) .

Note: The year 1918 introduced a design modification to the collar on Liberty's dress that was carried over to the 1919 issues. It was redesigned and broadened. Also, ray 8 from the sun is now centered between rays 7 & 9. Before it had been out of alignment and closer to ray 7. There is an incuse border at the top edge of the ground line from date to sun and the motto was changed to taller, thinner, more widely spaced letters. Each of these design modifications was an attempt to improve the appearance and striking quality of the coin.
Estimated Value $20,000 - 22,000.
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Lot 912
1933-S. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in a First Generation Holder. Very frosty. Following a period after 1929 when no Walking Liberty Half Dollars were struck, the 1933-S enters the scene as the only Mint striking this denomination, 1933 being the depths of the Great Depression. Almost always well struck, which makes this date popular. A bright and gleaming gem whose satin luster seems poised to detonate like a Fourth of July skyrocket, plus we find both sides are enjoyably free of heavy marks or discoloration. Boldly struck, as describe, with full details on the main devices and legends (PCGS # 6591) .
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,100.
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Lot 913
1938. NGC graded Proof 68. CAC Approved. Lovely golden toning on both sides. Only 8,152 struck. Shimmering watery brilliance is seen over each side of this fully struck Superb Proof. The sparkling silver luster flares into agreeable mirror depth in all areas. We have mentioned the luster but would like to fill two more paragraphs. In winding up this description, we point to it being a strongly struck coin, carefully made from well-prepared Proof dies; a coin with keen-edged detail to all the important high points like Liberty's skirt and the eagle's wing and chest feathers. Every last design element rises noticeably above smooth surfaces with pinpoint striking definition. Pop 51; 7 finer in 68 Star.
Estimated Value $6,000 - 6,500.
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Lot 914
1938. NGC graded Proof 68. A hint of nice tone on both sides. Only 8,152 struck. Moon-beam bright silver-white mirrored luster radiates around the toning on both sides of this minimally toned example Additionally, this date is easier said than done to find fully struck. It is the third time Proofs were sold to collectors, after 1936 and 1937. The centers pack full punch into the design from a decidedly precision strike. Pop 51; 7 finer in 68 Star.
Estimated Value $3,800 - 4,000.
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Lot 915
1939-S. NGC graded MS-67. Well struck with a hint of light tone. Vibrant luster. Immaculate fields and devices. Pop 118; 1 finer in 67+.
Estimated Value $1,100 - 1,200.
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Lot 916
  1930's thru 1947. A lot of Walking Liberty Half Dollars. Coins will grade from AU to BU. A nice group worthy of inspection. Lot of 68 coins.
Estimated Value $1,300 - 1,400.
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$2,115
Lot 917
  1941-D to 1947-D. A nice group of BU Walkers. Coins will grade MS-60 to MS-64. Lot of 12 coins.
Estimated Value $350 - 400.
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$541
Lot 918
  A pair of slabed better date Walking Liberty Halves. Consists of: 1921, ICG G-6; 1921-D, ANACS VG-8. Lot of 2 coins.
Estimated Value $300 - 350.
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$341
Lot 919
  A Lot of Choice Uncirculated Half Dollars. Consists of: (11 pieces) 1939-1947 Walkers all Mint State and toned (9 pieces) 1948-1952 Franklins all Mint State and toned. Lot of 20 coins.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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$705
Lot 920
  A lot of slabed 1938-D Walking Liberty Halves. Consists of: ANACS VG-8 (1); ANACS F-12 (1); ICG VF-20 (2); ICG VF-30 (1). Lot of 5 coins.
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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$329
Lot 921
  A lot of PCGS graded Walking Liberty Halves. Consists of: 1944-D, MS-64; 1944-S, MS-64; 1945-D, MS-65; 1946, MS-65. Lot of 4 coins.
Estimated Value $200 - 250.
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$329
Lot 922
  A trio of PCGS graded Washington Quarters. All graded MS-66 by PCGS. Consists of: 1947-D; 1947-S; 1949. All nicely toned and pulled from original mint sets. Lot of 3 coins.
Estimated Value $150 - 200.
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$235
Lot 923
  1945-D. An Original Brilliant Uncirculated Roll of 20. The top and bottom coins are naturally toned. Coins will grade MS-64 or better. Lot of 20 coins.
Estimated Value $700 - 800.
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$1,645
Lot 924
  1946-D. An Original Brilliant Uncirculated Roll of 20. The top and bottom coins are naturally toned. Coins will grade MS-63 to MS-64. Lot of 20 coins.
Estimated Value $600 - 700.
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$1,058
Lot 925
  1946-D. An Original BU Roll of 20. The top and bottom coins are naturally toned. Coins will grade MS-63 to MS-64. Lot of 20 coins.
Estimated Value $600 - 700.
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$1,058
Lot 926
  1946-D and 1947-D. PCGS graded both MS-66. Lot of 2 coins.
Estimated Value $250 - 275.
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$376






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