A silver U.S. Walking Liberty half dollar, dated 1945. About Uncirculated condition, with light wear and multicolored toning on both sides. This listing is for the exact coin pictured.
In the designer's own words, the obverse features "a full-length figure of Lady Liberty, wearing a gown of the American Flag, the folds of the Stars and Stripes flapping in the breeze, progressing in full stride toward the dawn of a new day, carrying branches of laurel and oak, symbolic of civil and military glory. The hand of the figure is outstretched in bestowal of the spirit of liberty. The reverse of the half dollar shows an eagle perched high upon a mountain crag, his wings unfolded, fearless in spirit and conscious of his power. Springing from a rift in the rock is a sapling of mountain pine, symbolic of America."
The Walking Liberty half dollar series was one of several new coin designs introduced in the first decades of the 20th century, the ultimate result of Teddy Roosevelt's efforts to beautify the nation's coinage. The Walking Liberty replaced the Barber half dollar design, which had been used since 1892 and was not considered particularly attractive or notable. While the half dollar itself was not a widely used coin in comparison to smaller denominations, the Walking Liberty design quickly gained widespread acclaim and is now recognized as one of the most beautiful designs ever used on U.S. coinage. While the series ended in 1947, the U.S. Mint eventually repurposed the Walking Liberty design for the American Eagle series of gold bullion coins.
Specifications: The Walking Liberty half dollar measures 30.6mm in diameter (same size as a modern half dollar), weighs 12.5g, and is made of .900 fine silver. The coin will be shipped in a archival-quality mylar flip, secured in a corrugated cardboard safety mailer. The flip also includes a small insert with basic info on the coin.
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