Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 933,900
Catalog: KM-116
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.39 (7/30/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1897 S 50C MS obverse 1897 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Both the New Orleans and San Francisco Barber halves of 1897 saw mintages under 1 million coins each, an easy and memorable cutoff point for many of the low-mintage issues of the era in various series. While the 1897-O half dollars were manufactured to the extent of 632,000 coins, the 1897-S emission was about 50% larger, at 933,900 pieces. Nonetheless, both issues are considered among the well-known keys to the Barber half collection today.

The coins were made only four years after Augustus B. Heaton published his celebrated treatise on Mint Marks, a chef-d'oeuvre that would forever alter the landscape of American coin collecting. However, it was another couple of decades before collecting coins by mintmark gained a serious foothold in America, and so it is that the few 1897-S Barber halves that exist today in high grade mostly were saved by fate rather than foresight.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/21/2015

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1897 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 140 220 420 665 1100 1250 1450 1650 1900 2450 2600 2900 4050 5250 8250 14000 39000 50000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 253
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 68


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8/14/2016 MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(2), 1238/Lot# 4117


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12/11/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 308, 314/Lot# 8138 $4,945.00
9/4/2011 NGC Details VG Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1319 $219.00
11/7/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(1), 1161/Lot# 3448 $4,025.00
5/30/2012 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 8979 $920.00
7/12/2012 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 8630 $460.00
8/26/2012 NGC AG 3   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131236/Lot# 28895 $53.00
9/9/2012 PCGS AG 3   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/09/2012, 39/Lot# 66832 $62.70
9/10/2012 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 3344, 3344/Lot# 1604 $190.00
6/30/2014 NGC VG 10   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20321 $191.53


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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