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1897-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
6479
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
933,900
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 2,000 R-4.6 19 / 74 TIE 19 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 12 / 74 TIE 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 16 / 74 TIE 16 / 74 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,000
60 or Better 200
65 or Better 40
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.6
60 or Better R-7.0
65 or Better R-8.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 19 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 16 / 74 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 19 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 16 / 74 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6479 (MS) 67

Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3878, $43,125 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3190, $29,900 - Joe O’Connor, sold privately in 10/2010 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98522, $35,250

2 MS67 PCGS grade

New England Rare Coin Auctions 11/1975:602 - Northern Bay Collection, Part III - Stack's 5/2006:4396 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 7/19/2006 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5392, $18,800

2 MS67 PCGS grade

Purchased by J.M. Clapp directly from the San Francisco Mint 11/1897 - John H. Clapp - Clapp estate 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2081, $15,950 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4216, $19,550

 

2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 estimated grade

Heritage 1/2007:995, $20,700

7 MS66+ PCGS grade
8 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Steven Duckor - David Akers - Heritage 4/2009:2493, $13,800 - Heritage 7/2009:1133, $11,500

8 MS66 PCGS grade
8 MS66 estimated grade
#1 MS67+ PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #6479 (MS) 67 
#2 MS67 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3878, $43,125 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3190, $29,900 - Joe O’Connor, sold privately in 10/2010 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98522, $35,250

#2 MS67 PCGS grade

New England Rare Coin Auctions 11/1975:602 - Northern Bay Collection, Part III - Stack's 5/2006:4396 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 7/19/2006 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5392, $18,800

#2 MS67 PCGS grade

Purchased by J.M. Clapp directly from the San Francisco Mint 11/1897 - John H. Clapp - Clapp estate 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2081, $15,950 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4216, $19,550

 

#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 estimated grade

Heritage 1/2007:995, $20,700

#7 MS66+ PCGS grade
#8 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Steven Duckor - David Akers - Heritage 4/2009:2493, $13,800 - Heritage 7/2009:1133, $11,500

#8 MS66 PCGS grade
#8 MS66 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

The 1897-S Half Dollar is one of the tougher dates of the 1890's. It is not as rare as the 1897-O or the 1898-S, but it is also far less common than the majority of the dates in the series. Our experts ranked it 19th rarest overall out of all the Barber Half Dollar dates. In MS65 and better grades, the 1897-S is 16th rarest overall. These are still rather impressive credentials even if the 1897-S is not the superstar it was once considered to be.

One of the benefits of third-party grading is that it gives us a fairly objective view of relative rarity and how difficult coins are to find in certain grades. In the pre-third party grading era, determinations of rarity were driven by personal experience, anecdotal evidence, seller bias, and pure guesswork. The new information gleaned from population reports is a double-edged sword: some coins have risen in stature and others have been diminished. Nevertheless, the 1897-S is a remarkable date that still commands a lot of respect today.

Virtually all 1897-S Half Dollars are struck well. If there is ever any weakness, it will be on the upper right shield point and the adjacent feathers.

David Akers: At one time, the 1897-S Barber Half Dollar was considered to be one of the most important rarities of the series, roughly comparable to the 1897-O, the 1896-S and the 1896-O. Over the years, however, our perceptions of rarity have changed and, of course, more information is now available as to the relative rarity of the various issues in the series. With this new information, it is now clear that the 1897-S is considerably more rare in Gem condition than the 1897-O, but not quite as rare as either of the two mintmarked 1896 issues. Although not quite in the upper echelon of Barber Half Dollar issues with respect to condition rarity, the 1897-S still must be considered very rare in Gem condition in an absolute sense. Furthermore, I would stress here that virtually every Barber Half Dollar, excepting only a handful of issues, is at least rare in Gem condition, and at the superb, virtually flawless quality level..., even the most common date Barber Half Dollar can be considered a major rarity since other than the 1908-O and 1892, no more than one or two examples exist of almost any issue.