1942 Half Dollar

CoinTrackers.com estimates the value of a 1942 Walking Liberty Half Dollar in average condition to be worth $9.00, while one in mint state could be valued around $85.00. - Last updated: August, 31 2022

1942 Half Dollar
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  • Year: 1942
  • Mint Mark: No mint mark
  • Type: Walking Liberty Half
  • Price: $9.00-$85.00+
  • Face Value: 0.50 USD
  • Produced: 47,818,000
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Silver Content: 90%
  • Silver Weight: .3617 oz.
  • Melt Value: $8.79

Notes: There were 21 thousand 1942 Walking Liberty proof half dollars minted at the (p) Philadelphia mint. These can be worth more than $700 if sold to a collector. All walking liberties are 90% silver.
In regards to errors the 1942 Walker has a few notable ones. The most notable would be the struck on silver quarter planchet.

1942 Half Dollar Error Guide

1942 Half Dollar Errors
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Off Center Strike - When the die strikes an improperly seated plachet off-center this is the error it creates. Strikes can be anywhere from 5% to 95% off center. The more off center the more of the blank planchet will be left behind.

1942 Half Dollar Struck on 25C Planchet - These half dollar errors look as if a die was misaligned and struck only a portion of the planchet, but in fact the error is caused by the die striking a quarter planchet. This coin should weigh roughly 5.670 grams, the standard weight of a post 1964 quarter. This error can be easily overlooked.

Double Strike - When the planchet is struck more than once on the same face by the die this causes a Double Strike Error. More recent coins are listed as DDO or DDR.

1942 Half Dollar

Price Chart

Rates listed here refer to professionally graded and slabbed coins. If new to collecting the prices below might not make sense.

1942 Walking Liberty Halves come in 2 flavors normal and early proof. Superior toning and color will add 10% to 50% more to the overall value of your coin. Simply put collectors love toned coins.

  • Grade AU58 = $34-$56
  • Grade MS63 = $45-$75
  • Grade MS64 = $68-$113
  • Grade MS65 = $75-$125
  • Grade MS66 = $150-$250
  • Grade MS67 = $750-$1,250
  • Grade MS68 = $4,500-$7,500
  • Grade PR62 = $90-$188
  • Grade PR63 = $150-$313
  • Grade PR64 = $244-$406
  • Grade PR65 = $375-$625
  • Grade PR66 = $525-$875
  • Grade PR67 = $675-$1,125

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How much is a 1942 Half Dollar worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around $9.00, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $85 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say Average Circulated, we mean in a similar condition to other coins circulated in 1942, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].

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Use the handy-dandy calculator below to find the real value of any walking liberty half dollar in your collection.

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Most Valuable

The most valuable Walking Liberty Half Dollar's. Prices listed are for MS-65 certified. Visit the link to learn more about each coin.

Image Year Mint Worth
Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1919 D $180.5k
Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1921 S $105k
Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1921 D $40k
Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1918 D $28,570
Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1917 S $22k
Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1920 D $17.5k
Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1921 $17.5k
Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1918 S $15.5k
Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1920 S $15k
Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1923 S $14k
Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1917 D $11.5k
Walking Liberty Half Dollar 1917 S $10.5k
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
Image Name Mint Worth

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Are 1942 Half Dollars Silver?

Yes! Walking Liberty Half Dollar's produced in 1942 are 90% silver to be precise, and contain .3617 troy oz or 11.25 grams in total of .999 pure silver. Silver weight is measured in troy ounces. Troy ounces weigh about 2 grams more than the standard ounce. CoinTrackers has built a tool that will let you know if your coin is silver or not. The tool is called Is My Coin Silver?.

Numismatic vs Intrinsic Value:

This coin in poor condition is still worth $0.21 more than the intrinsic value from silver content of $8.79, this coin is thus more valuable to a collector than to a silver bug. Coins worth more to a collectors may be a better long term investment. If the metal prices drop you will still have a coin that a numismatic would want to buy.

Want more info? Then read Coin Collecting Investment an article that details the benifits of coin collecting as a way to build wealth. Also learn how to properly store your coins.

Current silver melt value* for a 1928 S Walking Liberty Half is $8.79 and this price is based off the current silver spot price of $24.30 This value is dynamic so bookmark it and comeback for an up to the minute silver melt value.

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