Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 933,900
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.53 (2/19/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1897 S 50C MS obverse 1897 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1897-S Barber half dollar is another coin that was not saved in quantity. Most went directly into circulation where they were worn, often to the VF range. NGC has graded 14 examples in gem or higher.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/28/2016

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1897 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 145 215 400 650 1125 1350 1725 1800 2150 2600 2700 2900 3950 5000 7450 13750 29500 50000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 260
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
1/3/2007 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 995 $20,700.00
12/11/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 308, 314/Lot# 8138 $4,945.00
9/2/2012 PCGS VG 10   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 930 $230.00
3/21/2013 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1183/Lot# 7760 $587.50
4/8/2013 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 3425, 3425/Lot# 1994 $340.00
11/10/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 146698 $4,180.00
6/30/2014 NGC VG 10   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20321 $191.53
7/21/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 32128 $117.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4234776631021132117991886192820872233240127272807296034673902475659228644100741158614552
441539782112114801828190019812136228925102754285831293612418751456829912110578125750
00000019001981213622892510275428583129361241875145682991211057800
00000019142034218423452618278029093298375744715533773795971108200
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Grade: F 15
Points: 1021
Owner: Aussielover
 
Grade: F 15
Points: 1021
Owner: Scott mathison
 
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