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Obverse of 1897 Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1897 Barber Half Dollar


1897 BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6477, 6544

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 2,480,000
Proofs: 731

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: ±30.6 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: ±12.5 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) just below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-68 Ultra Cameo.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 493, illustrated, not sold

NGC Proof-67.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6279, illustrated, sold for $8,050.00

PCGS Proof-67.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 494, illustrated, sold for $7,475.00  From the Philadelphia Family Collection.

PCGS Proof-67.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 335, illustrated, sold for $11,500.00

PCGS Proof-65 Cameo.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 495, illustrated, sold for $2,185.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1715, sold for $2,875.00

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 738, not illustrated, sold for $920.00

Very Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1041, not plated, sold for $977.50

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 491, sold for $1,092.50

PCGS MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6270, not illustrated, not sold

MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1774, illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 737, not illustrated, sold for $604.00

MS-60 Plus.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1775, not illustrated, sold for $483.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1776, sold for $276.00

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1042, not plated, sold for $212.75

Choice AU.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 402, not plated, sold for $241.50

Notes:

"1897-P has the highest mintage of any Philadelphia issue so far in the series..."1

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-66's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 7 PR-68's.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-68.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 4 PR-67's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

1. "The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David & John Feigenbaum