The two finest collections of circulation-strike Walking Liberty
half dollars in the Professional Coin Grading Service’s Set Registry
will face off Aug. 7 to 11 in Philadelphia in a “Walker Showdown”
hosted by the grading service.
The display will be presented at the PCGS booth (No. 1605) during
the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money at the
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 S. Arch St.
“This will be the first time either of these top-of-the-line sets
has been publicly shown anywhere,” said BJ Searls, Collectors Universe
Set Registry manager. “These are the best-of-the-best in the category,
‘Walking Liberty Half Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation
Strikes (1916 — 1947),’ and they’re beautiful.”
The two 66-coin sets in the “showdown” are the Gerald Forsythe
Collection, ranked by the PCGS Set Registry as both the Current Finest
and All-Time Finest, and a newcomer to the Walking Liberty half dollar
registry category, the High Desert Collection.
The Forsythe set has a grade point average of 66.52 out of a
current finest possible 66.726, and the number two-ranked High Desert
set has a 65.93 grade point average. Both certified collections are in
PCGS Secure Plus holders.
“The Walking Liberty half dollar is one of America’s most popular
designs, but also one of the most challenging coins to collect because
of notoriously poor strikes of some of the San Francisco Mint issues
and low Mint State survival rates for such coins as the 1919-D and
1921-S,” said Don Willis, president of PCGS
The Forsythe Collection has been honored as the Current Best and
All-Time Finest for three consecutive years, 2009 to 2011.
Visitors to the ANA convention will be able to see 132 of the best
Walking Liberty half dollars with the side-by-side exhibits of the
Forsythe and High Desert collections.
The individual coins also can be viewed online.
The Forsythe Collection is exhibited at www.pcgs.com/SetRegistry/alltimeset.aspx?s=32687
and the High Desert Collection can be seen at www.pcgs.com/SetRegistry/alltimeset.aspx?s=2375. ■