GreatCollections will feature the best set of professional coin grading service records from Certified Acceptance Corp. tagged Walking Liberty half dollars in two auctions ending May 22 and 29.
The offered set was collected by Rollo Fox, including circulation strikes from 1916 to 1947 and proof strikes issued from 1936 to 1942. Nearly half of the coins rank among the highest numerical ratings at PCGS with CAC approval for their broadcasts.
Two centerpieces are rare 1921 halves marked as new: a 1921-D Walking Liberty half dollar in Mint State 65+ and a 1921-S half dollar in MS-65, both PCGS-graded and with CAC stickers greens.
The former enjoys the lowest mintage Walking Liberty half dollar status in the series with 208,000 issued and is the key date in the lower grades. Q. David Bowers wrote in the Guide to Mercury Dimes, Standing Liberty Quarters, and Walking Liberty Half Dollars that most mint state examples “are fairly well struck, but selecting cherries will result in finding examples with better head, hand and feather definition”. The 1921-D Walking Liberty half dollar closes May 22.
Closing May 29 is Fox’s exceptional 1921-S half dollar, with a mintage of 548,000.
Bowers explained: “Traditionally the 1921-S was considered the rarest and most valuable variety in the series, but in later years the 1919-S took that position due to published population reports. “
Fox’s example shows a bolder than typical strike and booming sheen, with a slight golden tone.
Heritage called the problem the “king of walkers” when it offered another MS-65+ example also with a green CAC example as part of the Steven L. Duckor collection at the January 2018 Florida United Numismatists auction , where he made $120,000. This cataloger explained: “It is believed that somehow this problem escaped the notice of contemporary dealers and collectors and was not recorded in large numbers at the time of the strike. This may be because so few people were interested or able to save coins during the economic decline that followed World War I.
Two 1940 half dollars
Beyond the series keys, the collection contains wonderful later issues in top ratings, including a pair of 1940 issues from the Philadelphia Mint.
The MS-68-rated Traffic Strike Rep has a CAC green decal and copper color on the rims, which fades to a milky gold iridescence across the fields that will be offered on May 22. This one is exceptionally fine and is one of the best examples. throughout the series.
The Philadelphia Mint also struck a Proof half dollar for collectors that year and perhaps the most visually intriguing coin in the Fox collection is the 1940 Proof 68+ rated half dollar with a green CAC sticker that is characterized by otherworldly neon blue, green and purple colors that are especially vibrant on the obverse. The unique color identifies it as the example that sold at a Heritage auction on June 17, 2021 for $19,200. There, the cataloger observed, “The piece is crisp throughout, complementing the deep reflectivity of the fields, with no signs of surface contact,” adding, “Lovely champagne and iridescent tones adorn each side.” He is one of five certified by PCGS in this grade without any finer.