Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 933,900
Catalog: KM-116
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.08 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1897 S 50C MS obverse 1897 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Both the New Orleans and San Francisco Barber halves of 1897 saw mintages under 1 million coins each, an easy and memorable cutoff point for many of the low-mintage issues of the era in various series. While the 1897-O half dollars were manufactured to the extent of 632,000 coins, the 1897-S emission was about 50% larger, at 933,900 pieces. Nonetheless, both issues are considered among the well-known keys to the Barber half collection today.

The coins were made only four years after Augustus B. Heaton published his celebrated treatise on Mint Marks, a chef-d'oeuvre that would forever alter the landscape of American coin collecting. However, it was another couple of decades before collecting coins by mintmark gained a serious foothold in America, and so it is that the few 1897-S Barber halves that exist today in high grade mostly were saved by fate rather than foresight.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Last Updated: 11/12/2013

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1897 S 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 140 220 420 640 1100 1100 1250 1450 1650 1900 2450 2600 2900 4050 5250 8250 14000 37500 57500 - -
$ 1200 1375 1600 1800 2100 2700 2850 3250 4450 5600 8850 17000 40000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 216
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 68


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4/27/2014 VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 9721


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11/3/2005 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX Signature Auction #388, 388/Lot# 2644 $4,168.75
12/11/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 308, 314/Lot# 8138 $4,945.00
10/13/2011 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 8602 $575.00
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3363 $4,887.50
5/20/2012 PCGS AG 3   Teletrade Auction 3279, 3279/Lot# 1865 $100.00
12/9/2012 PCGS AG 3   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 88208 $77.00
3/18/2013 NGC F 12   Teletrade Auction 3422, 3422/Lot# 2107 $320.00
9/29/2013 NGC Details FA Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131341/Lot# 24373 $54.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333798108113691505162918171932209121902507279730093817467955037244936233
33268892117714141546169118551985212422952603286732784104495360837950936230
0000001546169118551985212422952603286732784104495360837950936200
0000001587175418932038215724012700293835474391522866638656936200
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Grade: VF 35
Points: 1081
Owner: JeffRM
 
Grade: F 15
Points: 798
Owner: Aussielover
 
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