Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,918
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.73 (5/27/2017)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1797 50C MS obverse 1797 50C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

A single obverse die was paired with two different reverses to produce the half dollars dated 1797. The first of these reverse dies was a holdover from the 1796-dated coinage. All of the dies used to produce this issue developed cracks during their brief lifetimes. Between 1795 and 1801 there were only three deliveries of half dollars from the Mint's coiner to its treasurer, all of them dated during 1797. Researcher Steve Tompkins has broken down that of May 26, 1797 into 1,000 pieces dated 1796 and 1,984 of the 1797-dated issue. Most reference books, however, simply cite the three-delivery total of 3,918 half dollars as being the collective mintage for 1796-97 half dollars.

Variety O-101 is slightly more often seen than O-102, but there are few collectors of this date by die marriages. The majority of 1797 half dollars are purchased by persons seeking a single example of this two-year coin type. Both varieties are poorly struck in the stars at upper right and at the eagle's breast. A handful of Mint State pieces survive for the date, most survivors are well worn, falling into the F-VF range. Prices are always high for this coin type, due to its brief tenure and the small number minted.

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1797 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 47500 60000 70000 80000 130000 187500 195000 210000 265000 305000 325000 350000 425000 650000 - 1985000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 56
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Price
1/26/2000 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 1263, 1263/Lot# 1407 $18,375.00
2/24/2003 PCGS VF 30   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 515 $33,925.00
10/30/2006 NGC VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 111, 116/Lot# 938 $60,375.00
3/28/2009 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 1915 $54,625.00
5/30/2010 PCGS G 4   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1421 $37,440.00
9/13/2011 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale, 113/Lot# 2853 $89,700.00
8/8/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5632 $141,000.00
4/6/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 184554 $46,956.80
8/10/2016 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(2), 1238/Lot# 4078 $44,650.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1797 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base55636400668574318153972310135105151099711294117101197012054122591249414485165531755622771271553293540656
5842649569337671867698601026110675110961143211796119981212212337131571517416887192942423229081355080
000000102611067511096114321179611998121221233713157151741688719294242322908100
000000103881083611195115711188312026121901241513821158631722121032256933100800
1797 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base55636400668574318153972310135105151099711294117101197012054122591249414485165531755622771271553293540656
5842649569337671867698601026110675110961143211796119981212212337131571517416887192942423229081355080
000000102611067511096114321179611998121221233713157151741688719294242322908100
000000103881083611195115711188312026121901241513821158631722121032256933100800
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