About 1939 Half Dollars
Not just any 50-cent piece, the 1939 Walking Liberty half dollar was part of a massive coin facelift. In 1915, the incoming U.S. Mint director, Robert Woolley, believed he was bound by law to redesign any coin that had been in circulation for more than 25 years. He set out to replace all the half dollars, dimes, and nickels designed by Charles Barber, who was the Mint's chief engraver for 38 years. Woolley proposed a design competition, which American sculptor Adolph Weinman won. His design on the 1939 Walking Liberty half dollar depicts the female figure of Liberty walking toward the rising sun with an American flag draped over her shoulder. This artistically significant half dollar was minted from 1916 to 1947 in Denver and San Francisco. The coins produced in Philadelphia do not have a mintmark. Like the other issued years, the 1939 Walking Liberty silver half dollar was difficult for Mint officials to strike perfectly. Coin collectors can look to reliable sellers on eBay for beautiful 1939 silver half dollars in a range of conditions.