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SERIES: Draped Bust Half Dollars 1796-1807
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1797 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
6060
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot/John Eckstein
Weight:
13.48 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
2,984
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$1,527,500 • PCGS MS66 • 5-19-2015 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 175 R-7.2 3 / 3 4 / 16
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 2 / 3 7 / 16 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 3 TIE 1 / 16 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Virgil Brand Collection - Burdette G. Johnson - Judge Arthur F. Curtis Collection - French’s, sold privately circa 1951 - Abraham Hepner Collection, sold privately by his heir, Mrs. Singer, in 10/1968 - Lelan  Rogers Collection - Stack’s “Numisma ‘95” 11/1995:1251, $517,000 -  Foxfire Collection (Claude E. Davis, MD), sold privately (as an entire collection) on 10/5/2004 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1103, $1,527,500

2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Stack’s “Baldenhofer” 11/1955:676 - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3027, $220,000 - Haig Koshkarian Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2004:76, $966,000 - Stack's 7/2008:4261, $1,380,000 - Trade Dollar Nut Collection - Oliver Jung Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5582, $1,292,500

3 MS64 PCGS grade

Byron Reed Collection - Western Heritage Museum - Spink America & Christie's 10/1996:25, $176,000 - Heritage 4/2015:5071, $493,500

4 MS63 PCGS grade

F.C.C. Boyd - Numismatic Gallery 4/1945:62 - Kagin 9/1972:78 - Kagin 1/1975:134 - Kagin 8/1977:1394 - Kagin 8/1987:1220 - Superior Galleries “A. Bernard Shore Collection” 1/1988:1732 - Hagle Collection - Bowers & Merena 3/1989:288 - Superior 10/1990:3654 - Dr. George N. Polis Collection - Bowers & Merena 6/1991:1366 - Bowers & Merena 8/1998:182 - Superior 2/1999:859 - RARCOA FPL 12/2000 - James Swan Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 7/2004:60, $230,000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30464, $282,000

4 MS63 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Virgil Brand Collection - Burdette G. Johnson - Judge Arthur F. Curtis Collection - French’s, sold privately circa 1951 - Abraham Hepner Collection, sold privately by his heir, Mrs. Singer, in 10/1968 - Lelan  Rogers Collection - Stack’s “Numisma ‘95” 11/1995:1251, $517,000 -  Foxfire Collection (Claude E. Davis, MD), sold privately (as an entire collection) on 10/5/2004 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1103, $1,527,500

2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Stack’s “Baldenhofer” 11/1955:676 - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3027, $220,000 - Haig Koshkarian Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2004:76, $966,000 - Stack's 7/2008:4261, $1,380,000 - Trade Dollar Nut Collection - Oliver Jung Collection - Heritage 8/2014:5582, $1,292,500

3 MS64 PCGS grade

Byron Reed Collection - Western Heritage Museum - Spink America & Christie's 10/1996:25, $176,000 - Heritage 4/2015:5071, $493,500

4 MS63 PCGS grade

F.C.C. Boyd - Numismatic Gallery 4/1945:62 - Kagin 9/1972:78 - Kagin 1/1975:134 - Kagin 8/1977:1394 - Kagin 8/1987:1220 - Superior Galleries “A. Bernard Shore Collection” 1/1988:1732 - Hagle Collection - Bowers & Merena 3/1989:288 - Superior 10/1990:3654 - Dr. George N. Polis Collection - Bowers & Merena 6/1991:1366 - Bowers & Merena 8/1998:182 - Superior 2/1999:859 - RARCOA FPL 12/2000 - James Swan Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 7/2004:60, $230,000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30464, $282,000

4 MS63 estimated grade  
4 MS63 estimated grade  
7 MS62+ PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1675, $104,500 - High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

7 MS62 estimated grade  
7 MS62 estimated grade  
10 AU58 PCGS grade  

David Hall: Of the 2984 1797 half dollars minted, probably less than 200 survive today in all grades. There are two specimens that are truly superb examples, one graded MS66 by PCGS and another with an estimated grade in the MS65/66 range.