1933-S Half Dollar Walking Liberty Depression Era, Fine

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The Only Half Dollar Struck During the Depression


Halloween was just two days away on Thursday, October 29, 1929 when the news started leaking out that something big was happening on Wall Street. By the end of the day, the most devastating stock market crash in United States history had occurred and plunged the nation into a Great Depression that would last for more than a decade. It’s no wonder that day will be forever known as Black Thursday.


Millions of people in American and around the world were affected by the Stock Market Crash. And, as many collectors know, coins suffered as well. Mirroring the tanking economy, demand for America’s coins fell off a cliff as folks hoarded their coins. Recently-struck coins piled up in vaults and gathered dust as demand for new coins rapidly disappeared. The Government’s solution to the “coin problem” was simple: stop striking coins!


From 1929 to 1933, America’s circulating coinage basically went on hiatus. No silver dollars were struck from 1929-1933; minting of half-dollars was suspended from 1930-1932; quarters were not struck in 1931 and 1933; Mercury Dimes and Buffalo Nickels were no-shows from 1931-1933. By the time President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office in 1933, America was ready for his “New Deal” policies – and for some new coins!


The first – and only – circulating silver coins released by the U.S. Mint in 1933 were these Walking Liberty Half-Dollars struck at the San Francisco Mint. In fact, just one other circulating coin was produced that year – the Lincoln Penny. Demand was so low for this coin that just 1.786 million were struck. Compare that to the following year, when The Mint struck nearly 13 million half dollars!


As the only half dollar struck during the Great Depression, and the only silver circulating coin struck in 1933, this 1933-S Walking Liberty Half-Dollar holds a special place in U.S. history. Your coin will come in beautiful Fine (F) condition. Add its story to your collection today!


  • A GENUINE PIECE OF DEPRESSION-ERA HISTORY – This silver coin was one of only two coins struck for circulation by the U.S. Mint in 1933 (the other was the Lincoln Penny). The year 1933 marked a turning point in the Great Depression. After the stock market crash of 1929, the country saw massive unemployment and an economy in ruins. Thanks to the election of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932 and his New Deal policies introduced in 1933, the economy picked up steam even as the world was sinking closer and closer to World War II.


  • ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST POPULAR COIN DESIGNS – Featuring Adolph A. Weinman’s classic design of “Walking Liberty,” the half-dollar coin issued from 1916-1947 is hailed as one of the most beautiful coins ever struck. It’s so revered that when the U.S. Mint introduced its American Silver Eagle bullion coin in 1986 it used Weinman’s iconic design.


  • STRUCK IN FINE AMERICAN SILVER – The 1933-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar was struck in 12.5 grams of 90% silver.


  • UNITED STATES LEGAL-TENDER COINAGE – With a face value of 50 cents, the 1933-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar could have purchased 5 gallons of gas, half a dozen cans of Campbell’s soup, two tickets and snacks to the movies, or a ham sandwich and soda at the Empire State Building’s Observatory Fountain and Tea Room.


  • GRADED IN BEAUTIFUL FINE CONDITION – This 1933-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar comes graded in beautiful Fine (F) condition with sharp lettering with only moderate wear. This is remarkable considering that this was the ONLY silver coin struck by the U.S. Mint for circulation that year!


  • SCARCE SILVER TREASURE FROM NEARLY A CENTURY AGO – Struck 85 years ago by the San Francisco Mint, a mint renowned for its beautiful strikes, this silver coin is fortunate to have survived this long. Thanks to silver meltings and wear and tear through circulation, many of these coins simply do not exist in any condition today!


Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of this new deal on a Depression-Era Walking Liberty Half-Dollar struck in 1933 at the San Francisco Mint. Click it to your cart today!

Year of Issue 1933
Country United States
Composition Silver
Purity 0.9000
Grade F
Pedigree Struck at San Francisco Mint
Denomination 0.50
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name San Francisco - S
Coin Weight 12.5 Grams - g
Dimensions 30.6mm