Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-26
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $7.50 (8/21/2014)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1797 50C MS obverse 1797 50C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

Draped Bust, Small Eagle half dollars, bearing the dates 1796 or 1797, come from a paltry mintage of 3,918 pieces, about 250 of which have survived the ravages of time. Half dollars of 1796-1797 are one of the rarest U.S. type coins and certainly the most expensive in virtually all levels of preservation. Even the most advanced collections often lack this rarity, and when present, it is usually in the low to middle grade levels and/or impaired.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/28/2014

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1797 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 42500 55000 65000 75000 125000 125000 181000 186000 208000 255000 305000 325000 350000 370000 450000 800000 1200000 - - - -
$ 140000 195000 200000 230000 277500 - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 51
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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1/26/2000 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 1263, 1263/Lot# 1407 $18,375.00
8/7/2000 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions Philadelphia 2000 #232, 232/Lot# 5971 $17,250.00
2/24/2003 PCGS VF 30   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 515 $33,925.00
7/27/2005 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 10204 $103,500.00
10/30/2006 NGC VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 111, 116/Lot# 938 $60,375.00
7/27/2008 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers $1,380,000.00
5/30/2010 PCGS G 4   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1421 $37,440.00
4/27/2011 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1154/Lot# 5139 $57,500.00
4/6/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 184554 $46,956.80


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1797 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base55636400668574318153972310135105151099711294117101197012054122591249414485165531755622771271553293540656
5842649569337671867698601026110675110961143211796119981212212337131571517416887192942423229081355080
000000102611067511096114321179611998121221233713157151741688719294242322908100
000000103881083611195115711188312026121901241513821158631722121032256933100800
1797 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base55636400668574318153972310135105151099711294117101197012054122591249414485165531755622771271553293540656
5842649569337671867698601026110675110961143211796119981212212337131571517416887192942423229081355080
000000102611067511096114321179611998121221233713157151741688719294242322908100
000000103881083611195115711188312026121901241513821158631722121032256933100800
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