Half dollars were first struck by the U.S. Mint in 1794. The half dollar has been the big coins in our pockets, “work horse” of commerce-imagine a half dollar once bought an entire tank of gasoline! These are great coins to collect because there is a large amount of varieties. In this 1916-1947 Walking Liberty Silver Half Dollar series, 1941-1945 are key dates; these are the years that America’s greatest generation fought the Axis powers during the Second World War. These WWII dated coins are in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and are stuck in 90% silver.