Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar
1916 was a period of major transition in the United States. Society was shifting from rural to urban – horse and buggy to “horseless carriage” – isolationist to world power.
Our coinage was also going through dramatic changes. The classic Indian Cent and Liberty Nickel as well as all four gold coins (Liberty Head – $2.50, $5.00, $10.00 & $20) had already been replaced. The curtain was about come down on the Barber Dime, Quarter and Half Dollar.
Diameter: 1-3/16” (30.61 mm)
Weight: 192.9 grains (12.5 grams)
Composition: 90% silver-10% copper
Designer: Adolph Alexander Weinman
Engraver: Charles E. Barber
Mint Marks: Philadelphia (none), Denver (D), San Francisco (S); 1916-17: obverse below IN GOD WE TRUST; 1917-47: reverse lower left
Obverse: Full length Liberty facing left draped in the American flag striding toward a rising sun holding branches of oak and laurel in her left arm, right arm outstretched. Date (below) and LIBERTY (above) around plain border. Motto IN GOD WE TRUST in field to the right
Reverse: Eagle with unfolded wings perched on a mountain ledge. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (above) and denomination HALF DOLLAR (below) around plain border. Motto E PLURIBUS UNUM in the field to the left.