Aldolph A. Weinman - Designer of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar
A quick introduction to those involve in the design of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar
The Walking Liberty Half Dollar that was issued from 1916-1947, was designed by Aldolph A. Weinman. He was a sculptor who was well known at the time. He was born in Germany and moved to the United States at an early age. He worked under Augustus Saint-Gaudens (designer of the $10 and $20 gold coins) who had a large impact on his work. Part of Weinman’s inspiration for the design of Liberty may have come from French coins designed by Oscar Roty. The model for Liberty is believed to have been Elsie Stevens or Audrey Munson. The coin is said to have been well received by the public on its release although it did not get the fanfare of the Mercury Dime, also designed by Weinman. Considered to be one of the most beautiful American coins, the obverse of the Walking Liberty was modified and is used today for the American Silver Eagle, the official silver bullion coin of the United States.