1897 Barber Half Dollar. Proof-64 Cameo (PCGS). This original near-Gem Cameo Proof will be ideal for the finest specimen type or date set. A dusting of gold and vanilla patina blankets each side, revealing a strong contrast between satiny devices and deeply reflective fields beneath a light source. Fully struck, expertly preserved and a delight to behold. This premium quality example is worthy of a strong bid. The 1897 vies with the 1896 and 1898 as the best produced early Proof Barber half dollar, but survivors with the degree of cameo contrast evident here are very scarce, especially near the Gem grade level.