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: $9.72 (9/19/2020)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/26/2020

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1897 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 190 285 450 980 1345 1550 1900 2050 2650 2900 3000 3200 3800 4700 6950 13500 27500 40000 - -
$ 1380 - - - 2800 - - - - - - 16000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 317
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: 9/15/2020 1897 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base875160272733--53-155267321--316
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Total875160272733--53-157267421--319
 27%16%19%8%8%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 PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base395659844113117792109217422712519261729683099314932473518390946036064798491601196515000
483721940134718892131220623542552273430123116318233373648414050906704837610095129770
00000022062354255227343012311631823337364841405090670483761009500
00000022392436258428513055313232143428377943725577734487681103000
1897 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base366597793106616872005206821612401249528342960300931033365371244175836770488491158614552
44366288412731793202620992241243226082876297630403190348139474890645980869761125750
0000002099224124322608287629763040319034813947489064598086976100
00000021302321246427212918299330723278359641825363708184671067400
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Grade: MS 63 PL
Points: 3518
Owner: 80s Kid
 
Grade: F 15
Points: 1066
Owner: Aussielover
 
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