By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger
1916 saw an aesthetic renaissance of our nation’s coinage, ushering in an era of numismatic artistry at the United States Mint. Chief Engraver Charles Barber’s Liberty Head motif had dominated the silver denominations from the late 19th century through the first decade and a half of the 20th, but 1916 saw an end to this reign. The dime, quarter and half dollar were redesigned to exhibit depictions of Liberty that offered a relatively unprecedented diversity to our coinage.
By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins
A superb Gem Mint State 1917-D Walking Liberty half dollar
, graded MS-66 by PCGS and tied with four others as finest certified by that firm, is just one of many exciting offerings in our upcoming iAuction #3508
. The new design type was in its second year when this beauty rolled off the coinage press in Denver, part of a mintage of 765,400 pieces. In 1917 the mintmark also appeared on the reverse, and nearly three times the amount was struck of that style compared to the obverse mintmark style.