The 1917 Walking Liberty half dollars have value as both numismatic coins and as silver bullion. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1917 Half Dollar

Specifications

Type: Walking Liberty Half Dollar
Year: 1917
Face Value: $0.50
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .36169 oz.
Total Weight: 12.5 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $8.32

The US minted the 1917 half dollar with no mint mark and also the 1917 D half dollar and 1917 S half dollar. The mint marks can be found on different locations, depending on the series.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1917 Philadelphia 12,292,000
1917 D Obverse Mint Mark Denver 765,400
1917 D Reverse Mint Mark Denver 1,940,000
1917 S Obverse Mint Mark San Francisco 952,000
1917 S Reverse Mint Mark San Francisco 5,554,000

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $8.32. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $23.01 per ounce.

The 1917 half dollar with no mint mark is worth around $19 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $25. In extremely fine condition the value is around $45. In uncirculated condition the price is around $225 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $450.

The 1917 D half dollar with the obverse mint mark is worth around $35 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $155. In extremely fine condition the value is around $325. In uncirculated condition the price is around $1,000 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $1,750.

The 1917 D half dollar with the reverse mint mark is worth around $23 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $145. In extremely fine condition the value is around $280. In uncirculated condition the price is around $1,250 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $2,500.

The 1917 S half dollar with the obverse mint mark is rare, especially in uncirculated condition. This coin is worth around $35 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $450. In extremely fine condition the value is around $1,100. In uncirculated condition the price is around $4,750 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $6,000.

Lastly the 1917 S half dollar with the reverse mint mark is worth around $20 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $35. In extremely fine condition the value is around $150. In uncirculated condition the price is around $1,000 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $2,000.

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Grading System

Good- The rims of the coin are defined. The motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" is readable.

Very fine- The lines on Lady Liberty's skirt look sharp. There is a small amount of wear on Lady Liberty's right arm and breast.

Extremely fine- Almost all of Lady Liberty's gown lines are visible.

MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.

MS 63 choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1918 Half Dollar
1916 Half Dollar