Designed by Adolph A. Weinman, the Walking Liberty Half Dollar was minted from 1916-1947. Weinman was also the sculptor for the Mercury Dime. His monogram can be found beneath the tip of the eagles left wing. Mintage was intermittent and no coins were struck in 1922, 1924-1926, 1930-1932.
The mintmark appears on the obverse under the motto, “In God We Trust”, on the 1916 and some 1917 issues. The mint mark was then moved to the reverse near the rim at the 7 o’clock position under the pine branch. 1917 issues have either obverse or reverse mint marks. The Walking Liberty Half Dollar is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful United States coins.
Walking Liberty Half Dollars or “walkers” often display a weak strike similar to the Standing Liberty Quarter. On the reverse look at the eagles breast. Depending on the date sharply struck examples may be extremely difficult to impossible to find. Prime focal areas on the coin are Liberty’s head, left hand and the lines in the skirt.
Proof example were struck from 1936 through 1942. As the entire die was polished the result is a proof coin with little contrast. Many proofs dated 1941 are the result of over polished dies. The monogram is no longer present on these examples.