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: $5.76 (8/1/2015)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
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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: 5/27/2015

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1797 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 47500 60000 70000 80000 130000 187500 195000 210000 265000 325000 350000 425000 650000 - 1985000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1525000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 52
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/26/2000 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 1263, 1263/Lot# 1407 $18,375.00
2/24/2003 PCGS VF 30   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 515 $33,925.00
10/30/2006 NGC VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 111, 116/Lot# 938 $60,375.00
5/30/2010 PCGS G 4   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1421 $37,440.00
8/11/2011 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7137 $54,625.00
10/17/2012 PCGS VG 8   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3140 $46,000.00
1/8/2014 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5243 $99,875.00
4/6/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 184554 $46,956.80
4/22/2015 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1219/Lot# 5070 $123,375.00


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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