Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 632,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.37 (1/20/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 O 50C MS obverse 1897 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Mint State examples of the 1897-O half dollar are very scarce, with gems being genuinely rare. Most display the weakness typical of the this coin type from the New Orleans Mint, with incomplete areas at Liberty's forehead, the wing adjacent to the right edge of the shield, the arrow feathers and the claw grasping them. There is no grade at which this coin is common, and attractive circulated pieces are in great demand.

No varieties have surfaced for this low mintage entry.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/26/2020

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1897 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 150 325 650 1000 1300 1600 1650 1800 2550 2800 2900 3400 4400 6250 7000 12250 35000 60000 - -
$ 1450 - - - - - - - - - 8000 18000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 372
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VG
High Grade: 68

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, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 1/19/2021 1897 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base117100671913643517-1371062-1--372
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Total117100671913643517-1371072-1--373
 31%27%18%5%3%2%1%1%1%0%2%-0%1%2%3%2%1%-0%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4505027451186158319892087212422332368258526992834321635644361502660899160105151207515130
4675838921318171820222099216022782440262327442961333238304583538071139612110351309315887
00000020992160227824402623274429613332383045835380711396121103500
000000211221972323251326612789308934484095480457358136100631155500
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 1989
Owner: durdik
 
Grade: VF 20
Points: 1583
Owner: Scott mathison
 
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