The Barber Coinage was available from the United States Mint from 1892 to 1916. The collection is so-named because it offers designs on the obverse of the dime, quarter, and half dollar that are the same and were created by Charles E. Barber, the 6th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. Now, 90% Silver Barber Half Dollars are available to you for purchase online from JM Bullion in $1 Face Value lots.
- Coins arrive in a bag with 2 US Half Dollars in total!
- Date marks include 1892-1916!
- Contains .715 Troy oz of actual silver content.
- Issued individual face values of $.50 (USD) by the United States.
- The obverse features Liberty.
- On the reverse is the heraldic eagle.
- Please remember the date marks could vary or be the same depending on availability.
Charles E. Barber was tasked by the Treasury Department and US Mint with developing new designs for the three main US coin denominations in the 1890s following a failed attempt to find new designs from outside artists. Following the release of the Morgan Silver Dollar and other new designs on other denominations in previous decades, American distaste for national coin designs was growing.
When the submitted designs for a contest in the late 1880s resulted in more disappointment, Barber was given the job of developing new images for the dime, quarter, and half dollar. He would go on to create a Liberty bust for the obverse that was shared across all three denominations, while the reverse featured a shared design for the half dollar and quarter, while the dime got its own design.
The obverse of 90% Silver Barber Half Dollars in this product listing features the masculine bust of Lady Liberty. This right-profile portrait shows Liberty wearing a crown wreath with her hair up in a bun. The design offers inscriptions on this side of the date, 13 stars, and the national motto.
On the reverse side of the 90% Silver Barber Half Dollars is an image of the heraldic eagle. Based on the Great Seal of the United States, it includes the national heraldic shield on the eagle’s chest, arrows in one talon, and an olive branch in the other. 13 stars are arranged in a cluster above its head and the mint mark features on this side.
Barber Half Dollars were produced by the Denver Mint, New Orleans Mint, and San Francisco Mint with mint marks on the reverse directly beneath the eagle.
These 90% Silver Barber Half Dollars are available in a lot of $1 (USD). The bag you receive will include two half dollars that will either feature the same date mark or different date marks. These coins are in average circulated condition, indicating there are modest signs of wear and tear you would expect to find on previously circulated coins.
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