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Categories  •  Stack's October 2006 New York The George Byers Collection of U. S. Half Dollars, 1795-1964 United States Half Dollars United States Walking Liberty Half Dollars
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Lot # Description GradeView our Explanation of Comparative Grading Hammer Price
1391 1916 Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $425.00
1916 Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. This is the first year of issue of this delightful new design by...
This is the first year of issue of this delightful new design by Adolph Weinman, who also designed the new Mercury Dime introduced in 1916. America's coinage was entering a Golden Age of design, with highly artistic devices, and intricacies unimaginable in periods before or since. The surfaces are awash in satiny lustre and examination will find traces of iridescence on the obverse,...  more
1392 1916'D/D' Fivaz-Stanton 50¢-1916D-501. Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated VERY CH BU $550.00
1916'D/D' Fivaz-Stanton 50¢-1916D-501. Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, and a virtual Gem...
- and a virtual Gem but for well concealed slide marks on the central reverse and a couple of tiny nicks above the motto. The strike is full and complete with strong definition on Liberty's thumb and most of the skirt lines. Starting to tone with rich coppery-golden hues, iridescent traces and a couple of specks of russet near the rims. The satiny lustre is quite beautiful on these early...  more
1393 1916'S' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $1,600.00
1916'S' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, with claims to the Gem category. Another radiant coin which...
- with claims to the Gem category. Another radiant coin which boasts the satiny lustre peculiar to the first two years of this design. Generally bright white, with a trace of a fingerprint and a scattering of minute dark russet specks on both sides. The strike is quite sharp, with good definition on Liberty's thumb, skirt lines and the eagle, although a few breast and leg feathers lack...  more
1394 1917 Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $225.00
1917 Choice Brilliant Uncirculated. A well struck coin that has strong lustre, clean surfaces and...
A well struck coin that has strong lustre, clean surfaces and a hint of delicate gold toning. Widely scattered flecks of dark russet on the obverse, and attractive iridescence near the rims.
1395 1917'D' Mintmark on Obverse. Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated VERY CH BU $1,300.00
1917'D' Mintmark on Obverse. Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, and bordering on the Gem classification....
- and bordering on the Gem classification. The central devices show typical striking softness on Liberty's thumb, skirt lines and the eagle's thigh and breast, but most of the definition is present in these areas. Lustrous and attractive, with a blush of golden haze and peripheral flecks of darker gold toning starting to form. A scarcer date and always in demand in all Uncirculated grades....  more
1396 1917'D' Mintmark on Reverse. Brilliant Uncirculated BU $800.00
1917'D' Mintmark on Reverse. Brilliant Uncirculated. At first glance this coin has the appearance...
At first glance this coin has the appearance of Gem quality, but the surfaces have been gently cleaned in the past which weakened the lustre a tad on the high points of the design. On the obverse there is evidence that this coin went through a counting machine which left telltale disturbances just inside the rim from above Liberty's head to the 4:00 position. Decent eye appeal for this...  more
1397 1917'S' Mintmark on Obverse. Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $5,000.00
1917'S' Mintmark on Obverse. Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. An outstanding coin for this date and mint...
An outstanding coin for this date and mint which boasts a bold strike on the obverse and reverse save for the leading feathers on the eagle's thigh. Satiny yellow lustre throughout, with the usual minor shiny spots in the field close to the legend near the eagle's beak. Soft golden toning has settled over the coin, with no signs of the usual mishandling or cleaning. Identifiable by a...  more
1398 1917'S' Mintmark on Reverse. Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $425.00
1917'S' Mintmark on Reverse. Choice Brilliant Uncirculated. The strike is a tad soft on Liberty's...
The strike is a tad soft on Liberty's thumb and skirt lines, and that places the present coin in the average category for the year. Starting to tone with light golden hints near the rims, and still attractive. The surfaces are better than one might expect, although a couple of tiny handling marks are present in the right obverse field. Another appealing coin for the grade that should...  more
1399 1918 Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $4,750.00
1918 Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. A wonderful example of this common date that boasts a sharp head...
A wonderful example of this common date that boasts a sharp head on Liberty and a full thumb. Rarely does Liberty's head show such complete definition on her cap. Of equal desirability are the clean fields, which lack all but the most minor traces of handling. Lustrous and generally bright save for a dusting of tawny-gold flecks of toning on both sides and a thin layer of haze acquired...  more
1400 1918'D' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $8,000.00
1918'D' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. Wonderfully original with abundant lustre throughout and excellent...
Wonderfully original with abundant lustre throughout and excellent surfaces for this early Half Dollar issue. The coin has a dusting of haze on the obverse and reverse, with a mix of golden flecks and dark russet near the rim. Lacking fullness in the strike on Liberty's hand and head, areas usually found this way. Another date that is difficult to obtain so well preserved, especially...  more
1401 1918'S' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $3,750.00
1918'S' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. The lustre is more vibrant than often seen on this date and remains...
The lustre is more vibrant than often seen on this date and remains so as only a hint of colorful iridescent hues are present. An average strike with typical San Francisco softness on Liberty's head and hand, and partial definition is as much as one can usually expect for this issue. The surfaces are clean and well preserved, with scarcely a bagmark present. All the coins in the Walking...  more
1402 1919 Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $3,600.00
1919 Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. A sharply struck, lustrous coin that has strong visual appeal. The...
A sharply struck, lustrous coin that has strong visual appeal. The surfaces are especially clean and free of bagmarks, an unusual event for this elusive date. Bright and untoned, with radiant lustre throughout. For identification there is a horizontal nick on Liberty's jaw and cheek. As to the strike, it is quite sharp but not quite full on Liberty's head, hand and skirt lines. The reverse...  more
1403 1919'D' Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated VERY CH BU $11,000.00
1919'D' Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated. This is a very well struck coin for the date and mint...
This is a very well struck coin for the date and mint despite a touch of softness on Liberty's head and thumb. Most 1919'D' Half Dollars come poorly struck and lack much of the definition found on this coin. The color is generally bright white, with a blush of gold starting to form and a trace of darker toning flecks visible with a magnifier. The surfaces are quite clean and attractive,...  more
1404 1919'S' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $8,500.00
1919'S' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. Another radiant and lustrous coin that is very rare in this grade....
Another radiant and lustrous coin that is very rare in this grade. There is a hint of central striking softness on Liberty's thumb and upper skirt lines, however the fields and devices are wonderfully smooth and generally free of distractions. White in color with traces of iridescent toning starting to form. Both dies show evidence of clashing in the fields. A couple of trivial bagmarks...  more
1405 1920 Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated VERY CH BU $3,250.00
1920 Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated. Attractively toned with delicate golden hues over lustrous...
Attractively toned with delicate golden hues over lustrous surfaces. The strike is reasonably sharp despite minor softness on the centers of the devices with most of the definition present on Liberty's head and thumb. Clean surfaces and nearly a grade higher, and certainly with more eye appeal than usually encountered. Identifiable by a short scuff above 'HA' on the reverse below the...  more
1406 1920'D' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $3,200.00
1920'D' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated and approaching Gem. Bright with a hint of golden haze starting...
- and approaching Gem. Bright with a hint of golden haze starting to form over the surfaces, and generally well struck with Liberty's thumb clearly outlined. Minor softness on her head and upper skirt, as well as the eagle's thigh. The surfaces are attractive with minimal disturbances in the lustre; a couple of scuffs in the right obverse field and a reeding mark near the back edge of...  more
1407 1920'S' Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated VERY CH BU $2,100.00
1920'S' Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated. The reverse lustre is a trifle subdued, otherwise this...
The reverse lustre is a trifle subdued, otherwise this one would be a Gem. Excellent surfaces for this scarce date, with only trivial signs of handling. The strike is average, with expected softness on the hand and head of Liberty, and eagle's thigh on the reverse. Toned with a blush of golden-russet, particularly on the reverse, with a colorful drop of iridescence on the upper obverse...  more
1408 1921 Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated VERY CH BU $6,500.00
1921 Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated. Toned with finely patterned russet-gold on the lower obverse,...
Toned with finely patterned russet-gold on the lower obverse, less so above with ample lustre beneath. The reverse well matched with a dusting of toning from long storage in an album or envelope. As to the strike, it is sharp on Liberty's skirt lines, but a touch soft on her thumb and head, both of which display partial definition. Excellent surfaces for the grade, with no distracting...  more
1409 1921'D' Brilliant Uncirculated BU $7,000.00
1921'D' Brilliant Uncirculated, nearly Choice. Rather well struck and impressive for this rare issue,...
- nearly Choice. Rather well struck and impressive for this rare issue, with well defined devices on Liberty's head, thumb and skirt. The mintage plummeted to 208,000 pieces for the entire year. This drop was caused by a sharp decline in economic activity as the economy faltered while converting from the production of war goods to peace goods. Further disruptions were caused by the sudden...  more
1410 1921'S' Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated VERY CH BU $32,500.00
1921'S' Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, and ever so close to a full Gem grade. The surfaces and...
- and ever so close to a full Gem grade. The surfaces and lustre are well beyond what is usually encountered for this issue. Blazing mint lustre inhabits the fields, and the devices are generally well struck. Of course there is minor striking softness on Liberty's head, hand and skirt, but enough definition is present to outline the important design elements, unlike many seen of this date. The obverse...  more
1411 1923'S' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $2,200.00
1923'S' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated. Peripheral gold and iridescent toning with a couple of darker...
Peripheral gold and iridescent toning with a couple of darker gold flecks near the rim. Near the date attractive green and gold is found, with bright yellow traces on the reverse. Strongly lustrous and appealing for the surfaces, which display minimal signs of handling. The strike is a tad soft on Liberty's head and hand, as nearly always found. A scarce date that is overshadowed by...  more
1412 1927'S' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $1,500.00
1927'S' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated. Despite some central striking weakness this coin has the appeal...
Despite some central striking weakness this coin has the appeal and surface quality expected for the grade. A few minor signs of handling in the right obverse field. The softness continues on the central reverse. Lustrous and toned with speckled russet and blue near the obverse rim, and pleasing.
1413 1928'S' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $4,000.00
1928'S' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. A radiant, lustrous coin that boasts delicate golden toning around...
A radiant, lustrous coin that boasts delicate golden toning around the rims, with the centers remaining white. The strike is a touch weak on Liberty's thumb, as nearly always found. Excellent surfaces and quality for the grade, with virtually no signs of handling problems or scuffs. Identifiable by a vertical bagmark down the eagle's eye and head. Another outstanding collector coin.
1414 1929'D' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $1,400.00
1929'D' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated or very nearly so. Bright and lustrous, with less toning than generally...
- or very nearly so. Bright and lustrous, with less toning than generally seen on the coins in this set. The strike is sharp on Liberty's head and thumb, which show more definition, a feature so often lacking on the earlier San Francisco coins of this series. A couple of scattered scuffs and nicks, but none are of consequence.
1415 1929'S' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $2,000.00
1929'S' Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. Toned with a bright orange-gold ring near the rim on the obverse,...
Toned with a bright orange-gold ring near the rim on the obverse, the reverse with an arc of iridescent pastel hues mixed with similar orange-gold. Strong lustre and sharp, with Liberty's thumb outlined, and partial details on her head. A couple of random scuffs are present on the eagle's large wing, but these are offset by the impressive toning.
1416 1933'S' CH AU $800.00
1933'S' Choice About Uncirculated, virtually Mint State but for light friction on the highest points...
Choice About Uncirculated, virtually Mint State but for light friction on the highest points of the design. The coin is bathed in mint lustre, and has a ring of peripheral gold. A thin scratch in the lower portion of Liberty's skirt, another on the 'I' of IN. Scarce and in demand for this Depression era Half Dollar.
1417 1934'D' Brilliant Uncirculated BU $275.00
1934'D' Brilliant Uncirculated, virtually Choice. Hazy gold toning over the entire coin, but not enough...
- virtually Choice. Hazy gold toning over the entire coin, but not enough to contain the lustre. Generally sharp, with Liberty's thumb clearly outlined, but slightly soft on her head details. Excellent quality for the grade.
1418 1934'S' Superb Gem Brilliant Uncirculated SUP GEM BU $1,400.00
1934'S' Superb Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. The surfaces are free of all but the most trivial signs...
The surfaces are free of all but the most trivial signs of contact, and the lustre and strike are exceptional for this San Francisco issue. A coin that would be difficult to improve upon, and certainly one of the better examples to survive. Blazing lustre throughout, and just a hint of toning starting to form. If you demand top quality, then here is one to pursue.
1419 1934'S' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $450.00
1934'S' Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, or essentially so. Well struck by the dies and well preserved,...
- or essentially so. Well struck by the dies and well preserved, with minimal signs of handling. There are faint hairlines, and these are offset by the attractive colorful toning on the rim. The strike is sharp on the skirt lines and Liberty's thumb, with just a hair of weakness on Liberty's head.
1420 1935 Superb Gem Brilliant Uncirculated SUP GEM BU $300.00
1935 Superb Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. A gorgeous coin that boasts delicate golden toning with hazy...
A gorgeous coin that boasts delicate golden toning with hazy iridescence and a firm strike. The surfaces are excellent and scrutiny fails to find significant detractions of any merit. A tiny two reed tick is found just right of the branch on the obverse, otherwise the broad, open fields are virtually pristine. Amazing quality that any collector will appreciate.
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