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US Walking Liberty Half D or S Obverse  1917
US Walking Liberty Half D or S Obverse 1917

Hi Zett -- You have either a good coin, or a great coin. How's that for narrowing it down?

Just about all US Walking Liberty half dollars have the mint mark (a tiny D or S) on the reverse of the coin. If present, the tiny D or S for Denver or San Francisco, respectively, is tucked along the rim at the 8:00 o'clock position, on a line that runs from the center of the coin outward and perpendicular to the eagle's belly. If you have a coin with no mint mark, or one where the mint mark is on the side with the eagle, click to our appraisal page located at this link for pictures and values.

In 1917 the US mint did a strange thing and put the mint mark on the obverse of the coin instead of the reverse. For us normal folks, obverse is what we mean when we say the 'heads' side of a coin.

Here are some approximate catalog values for 1917 walkers:

NO MINT MARK
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $30

D MINT MARK ON OBVERSE
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $120
well preserved: $170

D MINT MARK ON REVERSE
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $100
well preserved: $200

S MINT MARK ON OBVERSE
worn: $20 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $280
well preserved: $500

S MINT MARK ON REVERSE
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $40

Don't forget that these are inflated catalog values. To convert them to actual buy and sell values, apply the concepts developed on our Important Terminology page (link at upper left).

Coin: 6768 , Genre: United States
Requested by: Zett, Mon, 07-Feb-2011 21:09:40 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Fri, 18-Oct-2013 15:49:23 GMT
Reviewed by Chris - Appraisal OK, Fri, 18-Oct-2013 15:49:23 GMT
Requester description: 1917 Walking Liberty coin with eagle on the back. E Pluribus Unum, Half dollar.
Tags: us usa walking walk liberty half obverse anverse eagle pluribus unum dollar doller dol dollars sun sunburst hawk falcon leaves leaf leafs leave leaved leafed leafy leavs

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