How Much Is a 1943 Half Dollar worth? (+Value Chart)

Last Updated on August 29, 2022

The 1943 Half Dollar, also known as the Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar, is considered one of the most sought-after coin.

It is called a Walking Liberty Half Dollar due to the imagery of Lady Liberty walking towards the Sun.

It is one of the rarest 50-cent coins in US history.


How Much is 1943 Half Dollar Worth?

This half dollar is worth $16 on the local US market in good or fair condition and $68 if the half dollar is in uncirculated condition. Collectors prefer owning the uncirculated one as it is the rarest and can fetch the most money.

The coin’s worth is based on the condition in which it is presented to the collector. The better the condition, the more its value.

The coin’s highest price is $90, which is an exceptional amount.  

Grading of the 1943 Half Dollar 

When discussing the Grading of the coin, it is first necessary to understand the fundamentals on which it is graded.

When collected or sold, any rare coin is graded based on its condition, the way it has gone through the different stages of deterioration, the fine lines of the engraving, and the mint marks that depict whether the coin is worth some money or not. 

For this coin, the better the condition, the higher the price. Here is a table that will help you understand better what price matches what condition.

Condition of the Coin 1943 (S) 1943 (D) 1943
Good $8.11 $8.11 $8.11
Fine $10.04 $10.04 $10.04
Excellent $12.17 $12.17 $12.17
Uncirculated $36.00 $35.00 $26.00

An analysis of the top table would prove that the 1943 Half Dollar is worth the same regardless of being mint marked from different states.

The only major difference that can be seen is on uncirculated coins, thus fetching a higher price depending on where they are marked from. As a result, 1943 (S) Half Dollar has the highest rate, sold at $36. 

Mintage of the 1943 Half Dollar

As mentioned above, the montage of the coin matters; thus, in the 1943 Half Dollar, the mintage of the coin depicts whether it is worth some money. A mint mark is a mark on the coin that shows which state produced the coin.

The Half Dollar coin made in Philadelphia has no mintmark and thus has little value and is not that rare. On the other hand, the coin mintmarked in Denver (D) has a lot more value as it is difficult to find and is rare.    

Looking for the value of other coins from 1943? Read more of our guides:

Features Specific to the 1943 Half Dollar  

Let’s talk about the Half Dollar coin’s specific features that make it so rare and a great find. First, it is important to mention that the 1943 Half Dollar coin has the engraving of the beautiful Lady Liberty and the slogan saying, “In God We Trust.”

She is holding branches and stepping East towards the Sun. This is on the front of the coin. On the obverse of the coin, you will find an Eagle flying from a mountain, and the coin’s worth written.

With these features, the Half Dollar has become the rarest coin in the history of the US. Another feature that makes it unique is the composition of the coin.

The 1943 Half Dollar coin is also known as the Silver Walking Liberty Coin due to its metal composition. The coin is 90% silver with a limited 10% copper mixed into it. 

Factors That Influence the Worth of a Coin

Multiple factors can influence the value of a coin, but some major factors are listed below.

  1. Mis struck Coin. A mis struck coin is a coin that may have gone through damage when made. Such coins have less value.  
  2. The Grading of a Coin. The more damage to a coin, the less the value, thus affecting the market value too. A new coin will be far more valuable and more in demand.
  3. The Rarity of the Coin: Different factors contribute to making a coin rare and different than other variants of the same coin. 

Does The 1943 Half Dollar Have a Displacement Error?

There are 1943 half dollar coins with minor errors on them. However, these minor error help in increasing the value of the coin.

Most of these errors including the mintmark being overpunched or minor displacement of the engravings. These may be worth more than the standard 1943 half dollar however there isn’t a big demand in the market for 1943 Half Dollars with errors. 

Jackie Palmer is a Houston-based coin journalist and fashion enthusiast. She joined Jewels Advisor’s content team after years of experience as a content strategist, managing blogs and social channels for local stores. Jackie mostly collects and studies US coins produced during the 20th century and over the years, published hundreds of articles for multiple coin publications.