More than 50 million Walking Liberty half dollars rolled out of the United States Mint’s production lines in 1945, the year that World War II ended and troops returned home by the millions. 1945 half dollars are highly common across virtually all grades, and are therefore great for coin collectors who want a high-grade example of the Walking Liberty half dollars in an uncirculated grade without spending hundreds of dollars on acquiring such a specimen. 1945 half dollars are also great for those who are assembling date-and-mintmark runs of the series, as there are no particularly challenging regular-issue pieces for 1945.
Here’s a rundown of the 1945 Walking Liberty halves that includes mintage figures and values for XF-40 specimens:
1945, 31,502,000 minted; $15
1945-D, 9,966,800; $15
1945-S, 10,156,000; $15
As there are plenty of 1945 half dollars available for coin collectors, there is never a need for them to settle for anything less than problem-free specimens that exhibit decent overall strike and good eye appeal. Circulated examples are available without major dings, nicks, and scratches, and make the perfect alternative for collectors who want nice specimens of Walking Liberty halves for their collections but can’t afford to spring for uncirculated examples of each of the three issues. Uncirculated specimens should exhibit blazing white luster, clean surfaces, and good strike, with plenty of detail in Miss Liberty’s skirt lines on the obverse and the eagle on the reverse.