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1892-1915 Silver Barber Half Dollar G-VG
Bring a Barber Half Dollar to Your Collection!
Some good ideas just come about at the wrong time. The concept that United States Mint Director James P. Kimball put forward in his annual report to Congress in 1887 seemed like a no-brainer -- invite prominent American artists to redesign the nation's coinage. Three years later, the U.S. Treasury asked 10 of the top artists of the day to submit their proposals. The designs were great, but the Treasury couldn't see eye-to-eye with the artists regarding payment.
So, the original idea was scrapped and a design contest was opened up to the public. However, even though the price was right for the Treasury, the creations that came back were pretty lackluster. After four years in limbo, the nation's coinage still needed a new design. The responsibility finally fell to Chief Engraver Charles Barber to revamp the silver coin lineup for the United States. While Barber's final designs were acclaimed, the fiasco that gave birth to them also reinforced the artistic obstinateness that ran through the U.S. Treasury at the time. It was this atmosphere that would spur President Theodore Roosevelt's "pet crime" of coinage redesign starting in 1905!
Setting that aside, Charles Barber's Half Dollar is still a beautiful sight. This adaptation of the 1883 Liberty Head Nickel design was a fresh take that revised several features but still retained the original's classical inspiration. First released alongside the similarly designed Barber Dime and Quarter, these Liberty Head Half Dollars ran for 25 years. However, since they were widely circulated (not to mention valued for their silver), very few of these half dollars were kept and collected.
Fortunately, we've found a number of Barber Liberty Head Half Dollars in Good (G) condition! Your coin will have a date during the Barber's run between 1892 to 1915, and will have been minted at one of the primary U.S. Mints of the period -- Philadelphia, San Francisco, New Orleans or Denver. In addition, you'll receive a certificate of authenticity.
This is an ideal opportunity to bring this everyday piece of American history home to your collection -- especially one with such a storied origin! Place one (or several) in your cart now!
|Year of Issue||(Date Our Choice)|
|Mint Name||U.S. Mint|
|Coin Weight||12.5 Grams - g|