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Which Pre-1964 half dollar do you prefer?

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 Posted 02/23/2012  8:01 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Capturedyou to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
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I'm just curious to know. My favorite would be the Standing Liberty! :D

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 Posted 02/23/2012  8:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add coincollect1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I dont have one or any US half dollars from that time. But the standing liberty would have to be my favourite
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 Posted 02/23/2012  8:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add amida17 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
D. Bust Halves
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 Posted 02/23/2012  8:09 pm  Show Profile Check jleveille's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jleveille to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was always a big fan of the Franklin halfs, His history intrigued me!
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 Posted 02/23/2012  8:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Fuzzy317 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
FYI - for half dollars, its Walking Liberty. Standing Liberty are Quarters.
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I totally forgot The Franlin Half Dollar! Worst part of that is I own one of them. XD
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 Posted 02/23/2012  9:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add HONDO to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Franklins!
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 Posted 02/23/2012  9:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jeffrose to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I'm with amida17 so I guess it's "none of the above."
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 Posted 02/23/2012  10:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For me, it's a 'no brainer', I have gone with the majority.
Best design of all for a machine struck silver coin. Most appreciated in MS60 or better.

They do have a problem with extensive wear however. A strong vertical wear line develops as a diameter down the body of Lady Liberty on the obverse, and as a angled wear line on the body of the eagle and left leg of the eagle on the reverse. On Walkers, the wear pattern dominates the design on a coin that has sustained considerable circulation.

Pity. A coin designer should always consider the effects of wear on his designs. I suspect that some, but not enough attention, was paid to this.
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 Posted 02/23/2012  10:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Coindog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Gotta love those Barber halves.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  01:16 am  Show Profile Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
While the walking Liberty is one of the most beautiful designs ever on a US coin along with St. Gauden's incredible work on the Double Eagle, I think my very favorite has to be the Drapped Bust Halfs.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  06:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Newmismatist to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My favorite, Miss Walking Liberty, is left out. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  09:52 am  Show Profile Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Bust Halfs.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  11:09 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mysilveryears to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


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The USA 50-cent series does include these and the seated Libertys, yanno.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  11:41 am  Show Profile Check muddler's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I primarily collect silver halves in all types but if I had to list preference they would go:

Walking liberty





Followed by seated





Then Bust





and then Franklin





I am not attached to the Barber as the design is rather plain to me.
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 Posted 02/24/2012  11:57 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Newmismatist to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm glad I'm not the only who doesn't care that much for Barbers. It may be sacrilege to say, but the Barber seems to me uninspired. Now the Walker on the other hand--I really like the way a Walker becomes highlighted when it's got a nice patina. And as for Franklins: They lack the ridges and crevices to hold a patina in an interesting way. Besides, who wants gaze admiringly at an old bald dude?
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