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Small 'w' on Reverse of Walking Liberty Half Dollar

by Marla Miller
(Bremen, IN USA)

Question: On the reverse side of a 1943 walking liberty 1/2 dollar, there is a 'w' to the right of the HALF DOLLAR and just under the tip of 1 feather. Does this have any meaning?


My Answer: Yes, that small 'w' does have a meaning. It is the initials of the designer - Adolph A. Weinman. If you look closely, however, you will probably see 'AW' instead of just 'W', and it should be under the tips of the tail feathers.

It is common to find the designer's initials somewhere on United States coins. Most people don't even notice that they are there. They are usually very small and inconspicuous.

One exception is the 1909 Lincoln cents that had the initials of the designer, Victor David Brenner, very prominent on the reverse of the coin.

These 'VDB' coins caused such an uproar, because of the prominence of the designer's initials, that the initials were completely removed from the Lincoln cent until 1918.

When they re-appeared they were much smaller, as was the common practice on other United States coins.

As you can imagine, these 'VDB' cents are highly sought after by collectors today.

I hope this helps,
Eva

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Oct 06, 2013
help
by: Pamela

Please help... I have searched everywhere and cant find another 1943D silver and gold walking liberty coin that looks like mine. It is silver and gold on front and all gold on back, also i believe it to be an error coin. Does anyone have any knowledge about it?
Thank You
Pamela Murphy

please email me at pbrewer0131@gmail.com

May 28, 2014
small w under silver half dollar walking liberty
by: noe alonso

Does it mean anything does it give it more value to have small w under silver half dollar walking liberty 1943 almost mint. Like 95% and whats the values? Pleas reply at alonsofam4@gmail.com thank you

Jan 18, 2015
1945 half dollar walking liberty
by: chris

I have a. 1945 walking liberty half dollar with no w on the back of it dose this mean it a error

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