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Obverse of 1897-S Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1897-S Barber Half Dollar


1897-S BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6479

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 933,900
Proofs: 0

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 30.6 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 12.5 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco) just below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

Recent appearances:
Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 492 @$747.50

Notes:

"1897-S is another seemingly rare date that must have been saved by the early dealers. This coin is even tougher to find in AU and low mint state grades than the 1897-O. It differs from the 1897-O in having a better strike."1

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-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