Walking Liberty Half Dollar Specifications

specificationsThe Walking Liberty Half Dollar was struck in a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper. The standard diameter for the coin was 30.6 mm with a standard weight of 12.50 grams. The weight may be slightly less for pieces which experienced significant circulation.

Coins were struck between the dates 1916 and 1947 inclusive. Production took place at the Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco Mints. Coins from the first facility do not carry a mint mark, while the other two carry "D" and "S" respectively.

The mint mark location is beneath the motto "In God We Trust" for the first and a part of the second year of the series. After that, the location was moved to the reverse, between the rocky ledge and rim of the coin.

The silver content of each coin has come to represent a significant portion of the value for common circulated examples of the Walking Liberty Half Dollars. Each coin contains a weight of 0.36169 troy ounces of silver. If the market price of silver is $40 per ounce, then each coin has a melt value of $14.47.

The design for the coin was created by Adolph A. Weinman. The popularity of the design led the obverse to be used for the American Silver Eagle. For each year from 1986 to present, Weinman's obverse design has been used for the bullion and collector American Silver Eagles issued by the United States Mint.