Details & Specifications
The half dollar was long the most useful and commonly used denomination among U.S. coins. During the 19th century, 50 cents was a significant sum of money. The Barber Half Dollar was probably the most famous numismatic creation in the career of Charles E. Barber, Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint from 1879 to 1917. You can purchase random dates of these old 90% silver halves for competitive prices here at Gainesville Coins!
These coins have been determined to be in About Good (AG) to Good (G) condition, meaning they are heavily worn but their designs are still visible.
The obverse design shows a right-facing bust of a male Liberty. (Barber is remembered for his unconventional choice of a male figure for Liberty.) This Liberty Lad wears a laurel crown emblazoned with the word "LIBERTY." It is tied in the back by a ribbon. The motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" is inscribed along the top rim, while the year-date (between 1892 and 1915) is found at the bottom rim. The two inscriptions are divided by thirteen stars that line the outer rim.
The reverse depicts an heraldic eagle, wings spread with an unsupported Union shield protecting its breast. The eagle holds a bundle of arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other, while a banner held in its beak reads "E PLURIBUS UNUM." Thirteen stars are arranged above the eagle's head. The issuing country "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" runs along the top half of the rim, while the denomination "HALF DOLLAR" is placed at the bottom rim.
The Barber Half Dollar is distinctive for its portrayal of a male Liberty, and is the largest denomination coin to bear Charles Barber's design. This has made this coin rather popular among collectors. At the same time, even in heavily worn condition, these coins are valued for the 90% fine silver content by precious metal investors. If you purchase 20 half dollars or more, they will ship in mint tubes. Whether you are stacking junk silver or looking to fill in your collection, you can pick up some Barber halves today!
|Actual Metal Weight:||0.3575 ozt|
|Face Value:||50 Cents|
|Mint:||United States Mint|
|Obverse Designer:||Charles E. Barber|
|Reverse Designer:||Charles E. Barber|