Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,480,000
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: $7.07 (4/16/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1897 50C MS obverse 1897 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While the 1897 Philadelphia Barber half dollar is more plentiful in high grades than most other P-mint issues of the 1890s, it is still an elusive issue in top grade.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/12/2013

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1897 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 26.00 33.00 65.00 125 250 250 390 440 480 550 585 635 775 1100 1500 3550 6500 30000 - - -
$ 275 430 475 525 600 650 700 875 1200 1880 3900 7400 35000 -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 214
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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4/16/2014 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 10-12 & 15-16 CICF World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 3032/Lot# 31451
4/27/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1204/Lot# 4467


Auction Prices Realized

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11/22/2000 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20114, 20114/Lot# 5384 $825.00
11/7/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 6741 $1,207.50
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2595 $2,990.00
1/19/2009 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 324, 330/Lot# 778 $690.00
4/28/2010 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 957 $3,220.00
8/22/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3123, 3123/Lot# 1260 $172.50
12/9/2012 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 83763 $50.00
8/30/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 3146 $1,175.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7285981983957058118849741092115212331296135717352141321242236286646633
768913126349874083591410131112117912541316148318702498354949106346646630
00000083591410131112117912541316148318702498354949106346646600
00000085994410521132120612751336160920052855388655986406646600
1897 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base819410621642675286594110341159122113051371143518282250335944026527671266
859814228653478989097210751179124913271392156619682619370651106588671260
00000089097210751179124913271392156619682619370651106588671200
000000915100311171200127713491413169721092989405458186650671200
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1092
Owner: JeffRM
 
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