After spirited bidding from 11 different collectors and dealers, the finest 1938 Walking Liberty Half Dollar ended up selling for a new all-time record price of $81,562 USD at GreatCollections on Sunday, April 26.
The coin, graded PCGS PR68+ CAC, is the single finest 1938 Walking Liberty Half Dollar known from an original mintage of 8,152.
Ian Russell, owner/president of GreatCollections said, “During these unprecedented times, there is still significant interest in coins, clearly evident with this realization.” He went onto say, “I had the pleasure of speaking with the winning bidder last week, a serious collector who appreciates quality. I also spoke with one of the underbidders who is putting together the finest collection of coins minted in 1938, his birth year.”
Brett Charville, president of PCGS added, “The exceptional price realized on this 1938 Proof Walker perfectly encapsulates the power of PCGS certification. Not only do PCGS coins of all kinds trade for consistently higher premiums in the market, but PCGS is unmatched when unlocking the full value of transcendently beautiful coins such as this.”
Over 3,000 certified coins and banknotes were sold on Sunday alongside the 1938 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Other notable realizations include:
- 1954 Lincoln Cent PCGS MS67RD – Sold for $18,061
- 1961-D Lincoln Cent PCGS MS67RD – Sold for $4,837
- 1915-S Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS66+ – Sold for $8,718
- 1917-S Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS66 CAC – Sold for $6,609
- 1919-D Mercury Dime PCGS MS66FB – Sold for $126,562
- 1952-S Franklin Half Dollar PCGS MS66FBL – Sold for $2,587
- 1879-S Morgan Dollar VAM-56 Reverse of 1878 Top 100 PCGS VF20 – Sold for $6,468
- 1799 Capped Bust Gold Eagle PCGS MS64+ – Sold for $135,124
- 2009 MMIX Ultra High Relief $20 Gold PCGS MS70PL – Sold for $3,049
Upcoming auction highlights include a significant collection of Mormon Paper Money, the Tahlequah Collection of Indian Gold Quarter Eagles, an extremely scarce 1864 Indian Cent L on Ribbon Proof, some of the finest-known Franklin Half Dollars, parts 105, 106, and 107 of the famed Sunset Collection, and more.
GreatCollections is always looking for consignments large and small. To find out more about selling your coins, visit www.greatcollections.com/selling or telephone 1-800-442-6467.
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GreatCollections is an auction house for certified coins and banknotes, as well as coins accompanied by CAC stickers, handling coin/banknote transactions from start to finish. For sellers, GreatCollections offers professional imaging for each coin/note, cash advances as appropriate, extensive marketing, and other individualized services generally not available with other auction houses and websites, freeing the seller to do nothing except collect the proceeds of the sale. Buyers benefit by entrusting a venue whose principals have years of numismatic experience and whose reputations in the industry are impeccable. Ian Russell, owner/president of GreatCollections, is a member of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) (#785) and a Life Member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), while the company is an authorized submitter to PCGS, CAC, and a member of the National Auctioneers Association. Calif. Auctioneer Bond #106582267.