With World War II raging on, the economy in the United States was roaring at a pace that had not been seen in more than 15 years. Therefore, the need for new coins continued, and the U.S. Mint responded with increased coin production. Well more than 45 million Walking Liberty half dollars were struck across the three operating mint locations in the United States, and the result is a date that is highly common and easily affordable for coin collectors of virtually any financial means.
A glance at mintage numbers and values for 1944 Walking Liberty half dollars tell more of the story:
1944, 28,206,000 minted; $15
1944-D, 9,769,000; $15
1944-S, 8,904,000; $15
*Listed values are for coins graded XF-40
As is the case for most 1940s Walking Liberty halves, there are no major varieties or rarities attributed to 1944 half dollars. There are , however, pieces with die cracks and other minor variations that do stir some interest among enthusiasts of the series.
When you are shopping for 1944 half dollars, focus on collecting sharp, lustrous pieces with great overall eye appeal. 1944 Walkers are very common, and there is therefore no need to settle for less-than-desirable examples unless, of course, you are filling holes in a circulated set of Walking Liberty half dollars or need pieces to fill rolls or bags of junk silver coins for a bullion investment portfolio.