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

1897 50C (Proof)

PCGS #:
6544
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
731
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$30,550 • PCGS PR68 • 5-12-2015 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 675 R-5.6 14 / 24 TIE 14 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 650 R-5.7 13 / 24 TIE 13 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 20 / 24 TIE 20 / 24 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
6 PR67 PCGS grade  
6 PR67 PCGS grade  
6 PR67 PCGS grade  
6 PR67 PCGS grade  
6 PR67 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The reported mintage of Proof 1897 Half Dollars is 731 pieces.  PCGS alone has certified neartly half of that figure, so we have a good sampling of grade distributions.  PR64 seems to be the most common grade.  Cameo examples represent slightly over a third of the total population, though that may increase over time because PCGS did not always recognize Cameos and Deep Cameos (which means that there may be some of both hiding in the non-Cameo total).  Approximately one in ten Proof 1897 Half Dollars is a Deep Cameo.  The quality of this date is exceptional, resulting in more PR68's of this date than any other.