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: $6.64 (2/19/2020)
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

This issue rivals 1897-O as the most challenging in the entire series, particularly in the middle circulated grades. Most survivors are very heavily worn, with the reverse typically being one to one-half grades lower than the obverse. The supply of Mint State specimens is very limited, but a higher than usual percentage are especially nice coins. Some remarkable grades have been achieved by 1897-S halves that exceed the best examples of more common dates.

Fairly typical of Barber Halves, there are no varieties for this entry.

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Last Updated: 1/31/2020

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1897 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 190 285 450 980 1345 1550 1900 2050 2650 2900 3050 3200 3500 4700 6825 14500 27500 45000 - -
$ 1380 - - - 2800 - - - - - - 16000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 310
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
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: 2/18/2020 1897 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base835157272733--53-155267321--309
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--------------2--1----3
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Total835157272733--53-157267421--312
 27%16%18%9%9%1%1%--2%1%-0%2%2%8%2%1%1%0%-- 
1897 S 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1-------1
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Total--------------1-------1
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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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