1897 Barber Half Dollar

CoinTrackers.com estimates the value of a 1897 Barber Half Dollar in average condition to be worth $20.00, while one in mint state could be valued around $2,800.00. - Last updated: April, 19 2023


1897 Barber Half Dollar
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  • Year: 1897
  • Mint Mark: No mint mark
  • Type: Barber Half
  • Price: $20.00-$2800.00+
  • Face Value: 0.50 USD
  • Produced: 2,480,000
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Silver Content: 90%
  • Silver Weight: .3617 oz.
  • Melt Value: $8.28





Notes: With near 2.5 million 1897 barbers being minted at the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania facility it seems like they did all the work. A no mint mark barber half from this year means its the most common one of the 3 mints. This also means its worth a lot less. The others are worth 10x as much as this one, but its still a nice coin to look at.

Worth Remembering

Special year and mint combos worth remembering.

Year Mint Mark Type
1892-O Micro O Key Date
1897-O O Key Date
1914 None (Philadelphia) Key Date
1896-S S Semi-Key Date
1904-S S Semi-Key Date
1913 None (Philadelphia) Semi-Key Date
1915 None (Philadelphia) Semi-Key Date
1892-S S Better Date
1893-S S Better Date

Key Dates - rare and unique, the most popular and valuable of the series.

Semi Key Dates - Very popular dates but not the absolute most popular.

Better Dates - These dates are better than average but not considered key.



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How much is a 1897 Barber Half Dollar worth?

In Average Circulated (AC) condition it's worth around $20.00, one in certified mint state (MS+) condition could bring as much as $6 at auction. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say Average Circulated, we mean in a similar condition to other coins circulated in 1897, and mint state meaning it is certified MS+ by one of the top coin grading companies. *** [?].


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Most Valuable

The most valuable Barber Half Dollar's. Prices listed are for MS-65 certified. Visit the link to learn more about each coin.

Image Year Mint Worth
Barber Half Dollar 1904 S $29.5k
Barber Half Dollar 1893 S $22,575
Barber Half Dollar 1895 S $12k
Barber Half Dollar 1896 O $11k
Barber Half Dollar 1901 S $11k
Barber Half Dollar 1900 S $10k
Barber Half Dollar 1901 O $10k
Barber Half Dollar 1907 S $8.9k
Barber Half Dollar 1904 O $8.5k
Barber Half Dollar 1896 S $7.5k
Barber Half Dollar 1903 S $7k
Barber Half Dollar 1905 S $7k
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1989 P $345.22
1989 $345,000
1989 D $345
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Are 1897 Barber Half Dollars Silver?

Yes! Barber Half Dollar's produced in 1897 are 90% silver to be precise, and contain .3617 troy oz or 11.25 grams in total of .999 pure silver. Silver weight is measured in troy ounces. Troy ounces weigh about 2 grams more than the standard ounce. CoinTrackers has built a tool that will let you know if your coin is silver or not. The tool is called Is My Coin Silver?.

Numismatic vs Intrinsic Value:

This coin in poor condition is still worth $11.72 more than the intrinsic value from silver content of $8.28, this coin is thus more valuable to a collector than to a silver bug. Coins worth more to a collectors may be a better long term investment. If the metal prices drop you will still have a coin that a numismatic would want to buy.

Want more info? Then read Coin Collecting Investment an article that details the benifits of coin collecting as a way to build wealth. Also learn how to properly store your coins.

Current silver melt value* for a 1896 Barber Half is $8.28 and this price is based off the current silver spot price of $22.90 This value is dynamic so bookmark it and comeback for an up to the minute silver melt value.

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***Price subject to standard supply and demand laws, dealer premiums, and other market variations. Prices represent past values fetched at online auctions, estate sales, certified coins being sold by dealers, and user submitted values. While we wholeheartedly try to give honest price estimates there are many factors besides appearance, metal content, and rarity that help make up the coins overall value. Call or visit your local coin dealer for more information.

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