Adolph A. Wineman's "Walking Liberty" featuring a portrait Lady Liberty gliding confidently toward the sun. This same design appears on modern day American Eagle silver bullion coins.
Walking Liberty half dollar junk silver coins were the first legal tender coins in the U.S. that didn't have a uniform design, beginning with nickels, dimes and quarters. The Walking Liberty replaced the very unpopular, and often ridiculed, Barber half dollar. The obverse (front) design of the Walking Liberty was so popular it became the design for American Eagle silver bullion coins years later.
- Mint: US Mint
- Type: Bullion (Investment)
- Mintage: 1916-1921; 1923; 1927-1929; 1933-1947
- Silver Content: 12.50 grams, containing 90% silver, 10% copper
- Diameter: 30.6 mm in diameter (1.2 in.)
- Thickness: 1.8 mm in thickness (0.07 in.)
- Weight: 0.4019 troy ounces (12.5 grams)
- Face Value: $0.50
- Coin Highlights:
- Classic Adolph A. Weinman design of walking Lady Liberty
- Originally a circulation coin but also functions as silver bullion investment
- Carries a legal tender value of one half US dollar
- Minted in Philadelphia , San Francisco, and Denver US Mint facilities
- Each coin consists of 0.357 troy ounces of 0.999 Fine Silver
Junk silver coins like the Walking Liberty are one of the easiest ways to invest in silver bullion. These junk silver coins, classified that way because of their metal content and former status as legal tender, are one of the easiest ways to start a precious metals portfolio. They're also great for emergencies and can be used to barter for everyday items like food and fuel.