Walking Liberty Half Dollars


Widely considered to be one of the most beautiful U.S. coin designs in history, the Walking Liberty Half Dollars were struck for circulation from 1916 until 1947. The bold and confident interpretation of Liberty on the obverse would carry the United States through a tumultuous period of history. The coin series is a favorite of many collectors and offers challenges in the form of key date circulation issues and lower mintage proofs.

Walking Liberty Half Dollars

The obverse design of the coin features the full figure of Liberty in a flowing gown with a flag draped across her shoulders. She is shown walking forward with one hand outstretched to a rising sun. A bouquet of laurel and oak branches are held in her other arm.

The reverse of the coin depicts a bald eagle perched on a rocky ledge with a pine sapling springing from the rock. The eagle's wings are poised, giving the appearance that it is about to take flight. The coin was designed by Adolph A. Weinman, who had also designed another collector favorite, the Mercury Dime.

There are several key date and semi key date Walking Liberty Half Dollars, but these coins can be acquired given the right budget. The 1921 issues from Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco all had lower mintages and carry premiums at all grade levels. Later in the series the 1938-D had an uncharacteristically low mintage.

Proof coins were struck for only seven years near the end of the series from 1936 to 1942. These coins had lower mintages and are popular to collect as coins from the beginning of the modern proof era. High grade proofs or those exhibiting cameo contrast are sought after by many collectors.

This site will provide further basic information about the series of Walking Liberty Half Dollars, as well as present a selection of coins available for sale. Enjoy your collecting journey!