The year was 1912. Former President Theodore Roosevelt had previously stepped aside and supported William Howard Taft’s successful run for the presidency in 1908. Four years later, however, things had changed and Roosevelt did not approve with some of his hand-picked successor’s decisions. He challenged Taft in the Republican Convention but lost. Not giving up, Roosevelt formed the Progressive Party – nicknamed the “Bull Moose” party – which split the vote and led to Democrat Woodrow Wilson winning the presidency. On the campaign trail, Roosevelt was shot in the chest while preparing to make a speech – and decided to finish his speech anyway, bellowing to the crowd that “It takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose!”
This Barber Half Dollar was struck in highly pure 90% silver and comes in Very Good (VG) condition. It will also be encapsulated in an exclusive 3" x 5" holder with a custom-designed card that lets you view both sides of the coin. You’ll also receive a vintage 3-cent postage stamp that features Roosevelt’s 22-room Queen Anne-style home, Sagamore Hill. Located in Oyster Bay, New York, Sagamore Hill was known as the “Summer White House” for the seven summers Roosevelt spent there during his term. As with anything connected to the indefatigable Roosevelt, it’s no surprise that “Sagamore” is an Algonquin word for “chieftain.” The home was opened as a museum in 1953 – the same year this stamp was issued.
This coin-and-stamp set is an absolute must-have for any fan of American history in general and the “Bull Moose” in particular. Click it your cart today!
FAMOUS BARBER COIN – The images on this coin features the Liberty Head design created by Charles E. Barber, the U.S. Mint’s 6th Chief Engraver. Collectively, the dime, quarter and half dollar coins designed by Barber are known as “Barber Coins” and were struck between 1892 and 1916.
STRUCK DURING ROOSEVELT’S “BULL MOOSE” RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY – During the Presidential Election of 1912, former President Teddy Roosevelt was dissatisfied by his Republican Party and formed his own party – the Progressive “Bull Moose” Party. Republicans were divided at the polls, however, with Roosevelt netting 27.4% of the votes and William Howard Taft collecting 23.2%. Democrat Woodrow Wilson won the election with 41.8% of the vote.
STRUCK IN FINE SILVER – Each Barber Half Dollar was struck in 12.5 grams of 90% fine silver and measures 30.6 mm in diameter.
UNITED STATES LEGAL TENDER – These coins were 50 cents legal tender in the United States.
VERY GOOD CONDITION – Your 1912 “Bull Moose” Barber Half Dollar comes in Very Good (VG) condition, meaning it actually circulated in commerce and still retains its designs.
You think today’s elections are crazy? Relive the 1912 Presidential Election when former President Teddy Roosevelt formed his own party with this 1912-dated “Bull Moose” Silver Barber Half Dollar!
What is a Phrygian Cap and Why Does it Appear on so Many Coin Designs?
Many classic U.S. coin designs reveal a mysterious looking hat, including: the Walking Liberty, Mercury Dime, Barber Dime, the Seated Liberty Dollar and America’s beloved Morgan Silver Dollar.
Most never give it a second thought, but it’s a Phrygian cap, a fabric cone-like hat with a rounded top that gracefully falls…