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Obverse of 1797 Half Dollar     Reverse of 1797 Half Dollar


PCGS Nos: 6060

Circulation strikes: 3,918 (includes Half Dollars dated 1796)
Proofs: 0

Designer: Obverse by Robert Scot, reverse by John Eckstein

Diameter: 32.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 89.2%
Copper - 10.8%

Weight: 208 grains (13.5 grams)

Edge: Lettered - FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR (various ornaments between words)

Mintmark: None (all dates of this type were struck at Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Varieties (2):
Overton 101 
Overton 102

The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.

Recent appearances:
See variety listing

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Early Half Dollar Die Varieties 1794-1836", Third Edition, by Al C. Overton and Don Parsley

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service