Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 731
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.54 (1/17/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 50C PF obverse 1897 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The proof coins struck 1896-1901 are notable for having a greater degree of contrast between brilliant fields and frosted devices than for the years immediately preceding and following. These often make ideal type coins.

The 1897 proof half dollar is available at the gem level, though the numbers drop off rapidly when one views the certified populations of Cameo and Ultra Cameo pieces. Their numbers, however, are noticeably higher than for earlier dates in the series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/1/2019

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1897 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 575 675 860 1250 1610 3600 4800 8250 16000 - -
$ - - - - - - 700 1000 1300 2100 3850 5500 10250 -
1897 50C PF CA
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1400 2300 4350 5850 10500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1525 2500 4750 6250 11500 -
1897 50C PF UC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2900 5850 8400 14000 26000 80000 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3500 6750 9750 22500 35000

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 309
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 69

The chart showing 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/14/2020 1897 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------391936672832177--218
------------------1---1
---------------1------1
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Total-----------391936682832187--220
 -----------1 %4 %9 %16 %31 %13 %15 %8 %3 %-- 
1897 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------13107119123--56
---------------11-34--9
---------------1-1----2
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Total------------131091210157--67
 ------------1 %4 %15 %13 %18 %15 %22 %10 %-- 
1897 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------4278131-35
------------------21--3
------------------31--4
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Total---------------42713151-42
 ---------------10 %5 %17 %31 %36 %2 %- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1862092272512753013273573895757989259641075204826433583409552646185758629079
19421523525928431033736845164984093810011399224629563754448555716652147500
0000003373684516498409381001139922462956375444855571665200
0000003473785137248839511038172424453270392448745878711900
1897 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base244268295320348381415450487705964111011551281165329603935469462487543844532836
2522773033293593924274625607911013112511971405208932854188521266807844165750
000000427462560791101311251197140520893285418852126680784400
000000438475632878106111401239152925243610444157307111814400
1897 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base159175194212234258282308336502705127113631683192824483324390250496616707726869
164181200219242266291317391570894130214701765210127403517428455716770136740
00000029131739157089413021470176521012740351742845571677000
000000299327447637108213321576184622753032370946676094692300
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Grade: PF 68 UC
Points: 7543
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 68 UC
Points: 7543
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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