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SERIES: Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1897-O 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6478
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
632,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$43,125 • PCGS MS67 • 1-1-2009 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 2 / 74 TIE 2 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 11 / 74 11 / 74
65 or Better 60 R-8.4 40 / 74 TIE 40 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  

U.S. Coins - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3877, $43,125

2 MS67 PCGS grade

David Akers, sold privately in 3/2003 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3189, $37,375 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately on 10/2010 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98549, $35,250

2 MS67 estimated grade  

Andre Dawson - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4215, $17,825 - Heritage 11/2005:2145, $19,550

5 MS66+ PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  

U.S. Coins - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3877, $43,125

2 MS67 PCGS grade

David Akers, sold privately in 3/2003 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3189, $37,375 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately on 10/2010 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98549, $35,250

2 MS67 estimated grade  

Andre Dawson - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4215, $17,825 - Heritage 11/2005:2145, $19,550

5 MS66+ PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 7/2003:7720, $8,912.50

6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
10 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 9/2006:1976, $8,625

David Akers: For many years, the 1897-O was considered to be one of the greatest rarities in the entire series; in fact, it was thought to be at the same rarity level as the 1896-O, 1901-O, 1901-S and a number of other issues. Much of this thinking, of course, was due to the issue's low mintage of only 632,000 pieces. It is true that in circulated grades this is one of the most difficult to obtain of all the Barber Half issues; however, in recent years, say the last 15-20, it has become apparent that the 1897-O is not quite as rare in Gem condition as previously thought, at least not when compared to some other issues of the series. However, rarity is a relative concept to a large degree, and although it may no longer be correct to consider the 1897-O one of the rarest issues of the Barber Half Dollar series in Gem condition, it is certainly very scarce, if not rare, in terms of the total number of such specimens known.