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: $6.23 (5/24/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 50C MS obverse 1897 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Nearly 2.5 million Barber half dollars were struck in Philadelphia in 1897. While still rare in uncirculated grades, this issue is more plentiful than most P-Mint Barber halves.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/28/2016

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1897 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 26.00 35.00 65.00 120 250 375 420 455 560 625 675 800 1125 1350 3400 6250 25000 - - -
$ - - - - 570 - - 825 - 1900 - 13000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 248
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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8/18/2003 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1767, 1767/Lot# 1107 $440.00
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2595 $2,990.00
12/3/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #66122, 66122/Lot# 24627 $1,265.00
12/9/2012 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 83763 $50.00
3/21/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1183/Lot# 7758 $998.75
2/23/2014 PCGS F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 792, 801/Lot# 555 $95.00
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15282 $446.50
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 5031 $8,225.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base98106135255437725856974105111101206125213151477179921473260436179608428975612378
1011161753165337698951000107111421221127313691584191525183627556181168871106300
000000895100010711142122112731369158419152518362755618116887100
000000935102510901174123712941423169220312889399467608272931300
1897 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base819410621642675286594110341159122113051371143518282250335944026527671266
859814228653478989097210751179124913271392156619682619370651106588671260
00000089097210751179124913271392156619682619370651106588671200
000000915100311171200127713491413169721092989405458186650671200
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