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Putting Together a PCGS MS64 Short Set of Walking Liberty Halves

 
Putting together a short set of PCGS MS64 Walking Liberty Half Dollars should give you a set you can be proud of.  For the purposes of this article, we will define the short set as 1941 through 1947, including all 3 mints.  Some will argue that a short set may include more dates, but that is the beauty of coin collecting.  You can define what you want to collect.  The set that runs from 1941 through 1947 is convenient from the perspective that is contains 20 coins and represents all the dates of Walking Liberty Halves from the decade of the 40’s.  (Technically, a decade starts with year 1, or 1941)

One thing you will notice right away from the chart below, is that compared to mintages of today, the mintages Walking Liberty Halves are quite low.  And they are, especially for the “D” and “S” coins.  But despite having low mintages, putting together a set in MS64 condition is quite feasible and not as expensive as you might think.  A complete set might cost you $1500-$2000.   It may even be easier to obtain these coins than a MS63 set as there are far more certified coins in MS64 and MS65 than in MS63. 

When looking to complete this set, you might be tempted to buy the coins you find first, which might typically be “P” coins.  I would instead encourage you to start looking for the tougher coins first.  Similarly to the MS63 set, these would be 1941-D, 1942-D, 1943-D and 1944-D.  As you do this, you are likely to come across better examples of the more common dates and you can then afford to be pickier.

Below is a chart for each coin in this series in MS64 and my opinion as to the difficulty in obtaining each one, the estimated certified PCGS population and what you might expect to pay for each coin.  Oddly enough, while this set will be more expensive to put together, it will be easier to find these coins at this grade rather than MS63.  Far more examples exist in the middle grades (MS64 and MS65).  Again, this set will just be a more expensive to put together.

Good luck on your challenge on completing this set.

Date/Mint

Mintage

Notes

Est

Cost

 

 

 

Pop

Cost

1941 P

24,207,412

In MS64, this coin is readily available.  Look for bright coins with a good strike as survivors will vary in quality.  May have scratches that are quite noticeable for this grade so look for high-end MS64 coins.

Over 3680 examples have been certified

$75

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1941 D

11,248,400

In MS64, this coin is readily available.  Look for bright, well struck coins as most coins from Denver in this year are not well struck.  May have scratches in this grade, so look for better examples of MS64 coins.

Over 2280 examples have been certified by PCGS

$90

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1941 S

8,098,000

Despite a lower mintage than the other 1941 coins, in MS64, it is readily available.  It will cost more though than the other 1941 coins.  Most, if not all coins will be weakly struck, especially near the center of the obverse.  The coin below was certified MS64 by PCGS.

Over 3400 Certified examples

$250-300

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1942 P

47,839,120

This coin has the 2nd highest mintage in the short set, and as such is readily available in MS64 condition.  You can be picky as there are plenty to go around.  Most examples are nice, so do not blindly buy the first one you see.

Over 6,000 examples in MS64 have been certified

$75

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1942 D

10,973,800

In Mint State, including MS64, this is either the rarest or 2ndrarest of the short set (The 1943-D and 1942-D are extremely close in certified MS64 examples).  Still, it is readily available.  Many coins will exhibit weakness in the right hand, skirt lines on the left thigh and head.  The two coins below were certified MS64 by PCGS.

Only 2000 examples exist in MS64

$110

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1942 S

12,708,000

The 1942-S is very rare in high grades (MS66 and above), but in MS64, it should not be difficult to obtain.  Coins in this grade will typically exhibit a weak strike.  Most, if not all examples will be flatly struck in the center of the obverse.  Liberty’s Head and eagle’s breast will be softly struck.

Over 3,400 examples to choose from

$120

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1943 P

53,190,000

The 1943 is the highest mintage of the short set.  While it has the highest mintage, it comes in 2nd place for the number of MS64 certified examples.  When looking at coins in this grade, there are many to choose from, so you can be picky and find a well struck coin.

Over 6,500 examples certified in MS64 slabs

$80

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1943 D

11,346,000

Unlike other coins of similar mintage, the 1943-D has a smaller amount of coins certified in this grade.  Decent strike coins can be found but like others, some examples can be dull.  This coin will cost you more than other dates and mints, and may be the toughest to find in MS64, just like MS63

Slightly over 1,840 examples of MS64 coins have been certified

$105

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1943 S

13,450,000

In this grade, this coin is about as available as the 1942-S.  But, like the 1942-S, it is usually a weaker struck coin.

Over 3,450 examples have been certified as MS64 by PCGS

$110

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1944 P

28,206,000

As with other Philadelphia coins, this date has high mintage and is readily available.  Some coins will be lightly struck so you may want to closely examine examples to find a better struck coin.  The coin below was certified MS64 by PCGS.

Over 4,550 examples have been certified by PCGS as MS64

$75

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1944 D

9,769,000

Like the 1943-D, there is a small population of MS64 graded coins, but there are more than the 1943-D.  With patience, you should be able to find one.  Quality of strike will be similar to the 1943-D, but sharp strikes can be found if you have the time

Over 2,750 examples have been certified by PCGS as MS64

$90

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1944 S

8,904,000

Despite a lower mintage than the 1944-D, there are more certified examples in the MS64 group, just like the MS63 group.  This anomaly dramatically reverses itself in higher grades

Nearly 4,660 examples have been certified.

$110

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1945 P

31,502,000

Another plentiful “P” mint coin.  This coin should be easily obtainable in MS64.  Bold and full strikes are available so do not settle for the 1st MS64 you see

Nearly 6,500 examples have been certified in MS64 condition

$80

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1945 D

9,966,800

Mintage similar to 1944-D but more MS64 coins to go around.  Should be easy to obtain.  Unlike other “D” coins before it, most examples of this date and mint should be bold to full strikes.

Over 3,618 examples have been certified as MS64 by PCGS

$80

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1945 S

10,156,000

Almost a 1000 more examples available in M64 than it’s “D” counterpart.  But strike will be a little weaker

Over 4,550 certified examples

$80

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1946 P

12,118,000

The 1946 P is the second lowest mintage of the “P” coins in the short set.  But that does not make it rare as its mintage is still higher than many of the “D” and “S” coins.  As such, examples should be readily available.  Coins will typically be boldly or fully struck.

Over 4,200 examples have been certified by PCGS

$80

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1946 D

2,151,000

Despite it’s low mintage compared to other dates/mints, this coin actually has more certified examples available than the 1943 P, and in fact, this date has more examples certified than almost all others in the short set.  Odd.  Even with higher certified examples than the “P”, expect to pay more for this example.  Many coins will have a soft strike so hold out for better struck coins.

Over 6,700 MS64 certified examples

$80

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1946 S

3,724,000

Despite a lower mintage than many other “S” coins, it is slightly more available in certified MS64 grade.  While not the worst struck coin in the series, most examples will exhibit poor strike.

Over 4,400 examples have been certified.

$80

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1947 P

4,094,000

The lowest mintage of all Philadelphia coins in the set.  The price will somewhat reflect that, but many certified coins exist.  Unlike other “P” coins, this one is typically not as well struck as other “P” coins.

Over 4,300 examples have been certified in MS64

$80

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1947 D

3,900,600

Despite its lower mintage, enough examples exist that finding a MS64 should not be a problem.  Strike is better than the 1947 “P” counterpart and examples exist of well struck coins.  Expect to pay a little more for this coin than for others of similar mintage.

Over 4,860 examples have been certified in MS64 condition

$80

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Notes

 

Values are estimate retail prices and will vary according to market conditions.  They are also regular, for the grade.  They are not PCGS + Prices

 

 



Keith Scott has been a collector for over 30 years. His website has US coins for sale. He also writes Coin Collecting Articles for fun. Visit his websites for a history of US coins, metal market updates and news about your favorite coins.

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Updated 9/09/13