Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,480,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.66 (2/25/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 50C MS obverse 1897 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is one of the more available series entries from the 1890s across most grades. The huge number of heavily worn pieces is not represented in the Census Report, as there is little incentive to submit such coins. Mint State examples survive in sufficient quantity to be collectible, and gems are available to the advanced collector.

The only variety noted for this issue is a repunched date 1897/97.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/3/2019

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1897 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 24.00 35.00 65.00 170 250 325 375 430 520 600 645 770 1050 1200 3100 6550 25000 - - -
$ 265 - - - 570 - - 825 - 1980 - 13000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 267
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2020 1897 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3121111188126111528-15212943195----267
---------------1------1
---------------2------2
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Total3121111188126111528-15212946195----270
 1%4%4%4%7%3%4%2%4%6%10%-6%8%11%17%7%2%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base819410621642675286594110341159122113051371143518282250335944026527671266
859814228653478989097210751179124913271392156619682619370651106588671260
00000089097210751179124913271392156619682619370651106588671200
000000915100311171200127713491413169721092989405458186650671200
1897 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base98106135255437725856974105111101206125213151477179921473260436179608428975612378
1011161753165337698951000107111421221127313691584191525183627556181168871106300
000000895100010711142122112731369158419152518362755618116887100
000000935102510901174123712941423169220312889399467608272931300
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2518
Owner: erwindoc
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1206
Owner: pulver set
 
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