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PCGS Nos: 5616, 5683, 85683, 95683


Circulation strikes: 8,140,000
Proofs: 731

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 24.3 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 6.25 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) just below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1687, sold for $2,070.00

Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1231, sold for $1,150.00

NGC Proof-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6172, plated, sold for $776.25 From the Glenn J. Church Collection

Choice Brilliant Proof. Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 329, sold for $1,092.50

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 132, plated, sold for $1,092.50  Ex Slade auction sale on May 9, 1964, lot 534

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 778, not plated, sold for $138.00

"Similar to 1896 except, of course, the 1897-S is not as rare as the 1896-S."1

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 7 MS-66's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-68's.

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 4 PRCA-67's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRDC-67's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

1. "The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David & John Feigenbaum