The 1938 Walking Liberty half dollars have value as both numismatic coins and as silver bullion. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.
Type: Walking Liberty Half Dollar
Face Value: $0.50
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .36169 oz.
Total Weight: 12.5 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $6.42
The US minted the 1938 half dollar with no mint mark and also the 1938 D half dollar. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin on the lower left side.
This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $6.42 as of January 23, 2020. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $17.74 per ounce.
The 1938 half dollar with no mint mark is worth around $9 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $18. In extremely fine condition the value is around $20. In uncirculated condition the price is around $70 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $160.
The 1938 D half dollar is more rare and more valuable. This coin is worth around $55 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $100 and in extremely fine condition the value is around $160. In uncirculated condition the price is around $475 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $650.
Proof coins with no mint mark are available and they are each valued at around $675 in PR 65 condition. There were only 8,152 proof coins minted.
Good- The rims of the coin are defined. The motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" on the front of the coin 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.
PR 65 proof- There are no flaws to this coin. A few blemishes may be present.
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