This stunning coin is considered, by many experts, to be the most beautiful US silver coin in history and is one of the most collected coins in history. Both sides of the coin were designed by Adolph A. Weinman in 1916, and his mark appears under the eagle’s wing feathers on the reverse.
Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollars
A.A. Weinman was born in Karlsruhe, Germany but immigrated to the US, at the age of ten, in 1880. He perfected his skills as a student of the legend, Augustus Saint-Gaudens and by 1915, he was widely commended as one of the nation’s finest sculptors.
The design is considered to be so beautiful that when the U.S. Mint began issuing 1-oz Silver “Eagles” in 1986, they chose this design for its premier silver bullion issue as well! The coin also has a reeded edge; this was to prevent counterfeiting of the coin as well as clipping.
The Walking Liberty Half Dollar was sent to mint over a 31 year period between 1916 and 1947 and was made in three different mints. These were situated in the Philadelphia mint, (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), the Denver mint (Denver, Colorado), and in the San Francisco mint (San Francisco, California). Each mint placed its own marking on the coin. During 1916 and 1917, the markings were located on the obverse of the coin under ‘In God We Trust’. During mid 1917, the mintmark was moved onto the reverse of the coin where it was located on the lower left of the ‘half dollar’ along the rim of the coin.
This fantastic patriotic coin shows Miss Liberty wrapped in a flowing American flag walking towards the dawn of a new day whilst the reverse of the coin shows a Bald Eagle with raised wings. In recent times, a worldwide increase in collecting coins has led to astronomical demand for these fantastic vintage coins. Steeped in history along with its unique design and solid silver heft, these stunning coins have become one of the most coveted coins of all time.
Composition: .900 silver, .100 copper
Weight: 12.50 grams
Net Weight: .36169 ounce pure silver
Diameter: 30.6 millimetres