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1897-O BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6478

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 632,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 30.6 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 12.5 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans) just below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-66.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1344 at $6,325.00

Notes:
"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 affordable."

The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-68.

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

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