NGC MS-66. Ex - Bowers and
Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot
1344 at $6,325.00
"1897-O has such a low mintage that it
is surprising that even as many as 48 have been certified in mint state.
This is apparently one of those dates that were saved by B. Max Mehl and his
fellow dealers while they could still be found. They must have hand-picked
some very choice pieces because there are 21 Gems and superb Gems. These
coins not withstanding, 1897-O does not normally come with a good strike.
There are certainly not enough AU and low grade mint state coins to go
around. However, because of the high number of Gems even MS 65 coins are
The finest example graded by
PCGS is a single MS-68.
Sources and/or recommended
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service
"The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David
& John Feigenbaum