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[1916-1947] Walking Liberty Half Dollars

In 1916, the Walking Liberty Half Dollar was first issued. Widely considered one of the most beautiful coins ever issued by the United States Mint, it was designed by Adolph A. Weinman, the winner of a contest by the government and chosen by the Commission of Fine Arts. A couple of factors influenced the issuance of a new design. The first was that Barber coinage had already been issued for 25 years and the Barber design was no longer protected by law. The second was that as America was involved at the time in World War I, there was huge patriotic sentiment in creating a new bold and beautiful design in coinage. The coin was issued from 1916 until 1947 when the design was replaced by the Franklin Half Dollar. The Walking Liberty Half Dollar was struck from an alloy of .900 silver and .100 copper, it weighed 12.5 grams and had a 30.6 millimeter diameter. It was struck at the Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco Mints.

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