With the U.S. Mint in its fourth straight year of increased coin production, 1937 Walking Liberty half dollars were struck by the millions once again, with more than 13 million made across all three operating mints. Still 1937 Walking Liberty halves present some challenges for coin collectors, especially those who want specimens in higher grades. Take, for example, the branch mints of Denver and San Francisco, which traditionally had smaller mintages of coins than those struck in Philadelphia – those branch-mint Walking Liberty halves in uncirculated grades are quite scarce. 1937 was also the second year of modern proof coin production, and proof Walking Liberty halves from that year are highly valuable.
Check out the at-a-glance information below on mintages and values (Fine-12 prices, unless otherwise stated):
1937, 9,522,000; $12
1937-D, 1,676,000; $15
1937-S, 2,090,000; $13
1937 Proof, 5,728; $2,000
As mentioned earlier, branch-mint 1937 Walking Liberty half dollars are much tougher in the upper grades, especially at the Mint State level. This is quite evident when checking out the MS-60 prices for 1937 Walking Liberty halves. While a Philadelphia specimen in that grade costs around $50, a Denver piece will set you back around $250, and a San Francisco issue costs about $200. Be sure to take your time when shopping for high-end Walking Liberty half dollars and avoid softly struck, mushy-looking coins.