Charles E. Barber served as Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1879 until his death in office in 1917. Barber is renowned for his Barber Coinage, designs for the dime, quarter, and half dollar which were all created by him for use on American circulation currency in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Right now, the 90% Silver Barber Half Dollar is available from APR 57.
- Arrives in a canvas or plastic bag.
- Consists of a total of 200 coins.
- Bears a face value of $.50 (USD) backed by the federal government.
- Obverse includes the image of Liberty.
- Reverse features the heraldic eagle of the United States.
All 90% Silver Barber Half Dollar Coins in this product listing were struck between 1892 when Barber created his design of Liberty, until 1916 when the US Mint transitioned away from Barber coinage with exciting new designs. The Barber Half Dollar design was replaced by the iconic Walking Liberty Half Dollar design from Adolph A. Weinman.
These coins have .900 silver content, a feature not currently found in American coinage anymore. US coins abandoned the use of any silver in coinage following passage of the Coinage Act of 1965, which established new metal alloy combinations for American coins.
Charles E. Barber was born in the United Kingdom to William Barber, and is part of the only father-son combination to serve as Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. Charles’ father served as Chief Engraver immediately before him, with Charles taking over the position from his father in 1879.
On the obverse of all 90% Silver Barber Half Dollar coins is the image of Liberty in right-profile relief. She is featured in a classical, ancient Roman figure with a Phrygian cap on her head, headband, and a crown wreath with the word “Liberty” across it on her forehead.
The reverse of all Barber Half Dollar coins includes the heraldic eagle of the US. In use on American coins since 1794, this design has been updated at various times. This depiction includes the American bald eagle behind the national shield with arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other.
All 90% Silver Barber Half Dollars in this listing features an average circulated condition. Coins in this condition exhibit signs of wear and tear consistent with use as a means of commerce exchange or mishandling.
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