1897 50C, DCAM PR67DCAM Certification #30775270, PCGS #96544

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The reported mintage of Proof 1897 Half Dollars is 731 pieces.  PCGS alone has certified neartly half of that figure, so we have a good sampling of grade distributions.  PR64 seems to be the most common grade.  Cameo examples represent slightly over a third of the total population, though that may increase over time because PCGS did not always recognize Cameos and Deep Cameos (which means that there may be some of both hiding in the non-Cameo total).  Approximately one in ten Proof 1897 Half Dollars is a Deep Cameo.  The quality of this date is exceptional, resulting in more PR68's of this date than any other.

30.00 millimeters
Charles E. Barber
12.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68+DCAM PCGS grade PR68+DCAM PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2016:4928, $29,375 - Heritage 11/2016:5299, $32,000 - “Cheyenne” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 PR68DCAM PCGS grade PR68DCAM PCGS grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (of the St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $12.50 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:3349, $27,025 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 2/2016:236, not sold

2 PR68DCAM PCGS grade PCGS #96544 (PR, Deep Cameo)     68
2 PR68DCAM PCGS grade

Bruce Scher Collection - Heritage 2/2005:4113 - Empire Collection - Heritage 1/2015:4146, $18,800 - Heritage 1/2016:5425, $18,800

2 PR68DCAM PCGS grade