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    90% Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollars ($10 Roll, BU)

    JM Bullion is pleased to bring you this $10 face value roll of Silver Walking Liberty Half-Dollars. These unique half-dollars were produced by the United States Mint from 1916 to 1947. Because they were minted before the production of silver coinage ceased, they remain among the few existing currencies to contain any silver in their composition. The combined silver content... Read More

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    90% Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollars ($10 FV, Circulated)

    One of the most famous coins from American circulation history is the Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Introduced by the United States Mint in 1916, the coins feature one of the greatest images ever display on an American coin. Right now, you can purchase 90% Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollars online from JM Bullion. Coin Highlights: Arrives in zip-top bags of 20 coin... Read More

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    90% Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollars ($100 FV, Circulated)

    These bags of 90% Silver Half Dollars contain $100 in face value of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar. These coins were designed by Adolph A. Weinman and were minted by the United States from 1916 to 1947. Each bag holds 200 of these coins, containing a total of about 71.5 troy ounces of pure silver. As one of the few half-dollar coins produced with 90% silver, each coin con... Read More

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    90% Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollars ($500 FV, Circulated)

    There are two US coin designs from the 20th century that remain venerated among collectors to this day. Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Liberty design is one, and Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty image is the other. The two images debuted on circulation coins in the early 20th century and now anchor the American Eagle gold and silver coins from the US Mint bullion range. To... Read More

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    An examination of a nation’s currency and how it has evolved can give you insight into that nation’s culture and history like no textbook ever could. While the United States is fairly young compared to some of the world’s other prominent nations, its currency has taken a fascinating journey, with some pieces standing out from others for their beauty and numismatic value. The Walking Liberty half dollar is such a piece.

    Value of The Coin

    Walking Liberty half dollars are 50-cent pieces that fall just short of being sterling silver; they contain 90% silver as opposed to sterling’s 92.5% silver. While their precious metal content is a far reach from bullion purity, the history and nostalgia that they carry make them worth collecting.

    The United States Mint produced Walking Liberties from 1916 to 1947 (except in 1922, 1924-1926, and 1930-1932). Production began because the head of the U.S. Mint, Robert W. Woolley, believed that the law required that coin designs that had been in use for at 25 years or more be replaced. Thus, coin designs by Charles E. Barber were set aside in favor of new ones.

    The Commission of Fine Arts held a competition that sculptor Adolph A. Weinman won. He gained the privilege of designing the nation’s new half dollar. Weinman’s designs also appeared on the dime and the reverse of the quarter.

    Walking Liberty Symbolism

    Weinman’s design for the Walking Liberty half dollar is deeply patriotic, with symbolism that reflects some of the primary ideals of the United States' founding fathers.

    The coin’s obverse features a full-length image of Lady Liberty striding toward the sun, her robe ruffled by a gentle breeze. Stars and stripes serve as her background. With her she carries branches of laurel and oak, which represent civil and military prestige. One of her hands stretches forward in a welcoming gesture of liberty.

    The Walking Liberty’s reverse features another image closely associated with American patriotism: an eagle. It perches on a mountain crag, its wings extended in a display of strength and dignity. A sapling mountain pine, symbolical of the nation, is also part of the design.

    While some experts throughout the years have criticized aspects of the design (such as that Lady Liberty appears to walk east, toward Europe, which struggled under the yoke of war at the time), the overall opinion of numismatists is that the Walking Liberty is one of the most beautiful and meaningful coins ever produced.

    Lady Liberty Steps Aside

    In 1948, a new half dollar stepped onto the scene, the Franklin half dollar. The U.S. Mint’s director, Nellie Tayloe Ross, admired Benjamin Franklin and wanted to see him honored on a coin. Thus it was that Lady Liberty ended her occupation of U.S. half dollars.

    Perhaps another reason for the replacement is that many Walking Liberty coins did not strike very well and thus lack sharp details. Weinman’s design, however, was not retired forever. The Walking Liberty image has graced the obverse of Silver Eagle bullion coins since 1986.

    A Worthwhile Investment

    Numismatists all over the world love Walking Liberty coins for their historic value. Each of these 12.5 gram coins is worth much more than its face value and the value of the silver used to make it, which makes it a worthwhile purchase not only for coin enthusiasts but also for savvy investors.

    Around 485 million Walking Liberty half dollars were struck, and many of those coins are up for grabs today. From JM Bullion, you can buy bags and rolls of Walking Liberties that have face values ranging from $1 to $10. If you want some of these historic coins in which you can take pride, invest in a $10 roll of BU Walking Liberties or our smaller denomination items like the $1 face value Walking Liberty bag.