The Barber Half Dollar is a vintage American coin minted from 1892 to 1915. Today, they are seldom seen in circulation but are cherished by coin collectors and enthusiasts of American history alike. Offered here is a pleasant example hand-selected by professional numismatists after screening thousands of coins for quality and eye-appeal. Each coin is housed in an airtight capsule and presented in a plush-lined box with a display easel, magnetic lid, and certificate of authenticity. The coin is unconditionally guaranteed to be genuine, dated between 1892 to 1915, and will match the quality of the one shown. If you are interested in building a collection, consider adding other great selections from the Icons of American Coinage Series to compliment your purchase.
HISTORY OF THE BARBER HALF DOLLAR
in 1891, the public had grown weary of the Seated Liberty coinage that had linked in their pockets for over 50 years. Consequently, U.S. Mint director Leech instructed Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber to prepare designs for the coins that now bear his name. The result was a new dime, quarter, and half a dollar rendered in a distinctly neoclassical Roman design that drew influence from contemporary French coinage circulating in Europe. The Barber obverse features Liberty, facing right, wearing an olive branch crown termed a pileus, as well as a headband inscribed with LIBERTY. The barber quarter and half dollar reverse designs depict a heraldic eagle with shield, modeled after the Great Seal of the United States. It holds a scroll in its beak inscribed with E PLURIBUS UNUM as well an olive branch and arrows in its talons. Above the eagle are 13 stars, the name of the country, and the denomination. This design is more elaborate than the Barber dime, which bears a simple wreath on the reverse. Barber coins were produced from 1892 through the middle of the first World War in 1916, except for the half dollar, which ended one year earlier.
- Type: Barber Half Dollar (1892-1915)
- Designer: Charles E. Barber
- Weight: 12.5 grams
- Diameter: 30.0 mm
- Composition: 0.900 silver, 0.100 copper
- Net silver weight: 0.36169 oz pure silver
- Obverse Design: Liberty, facing right, with pileus and headband / 13 stars
- Obverse Inscription: IN GOD WE TRUST / LIBERTY / DATE
- Reverse Design: Heraldic eagle with shield, scroll, olive branch, and 13 arrows / 13 stars
- Reverse Inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / E PLURIBUS UNUM / HALF DOLLAR
- 3 x 3 x 1