Charles E. Barber had immense sway over the design and appearance of American coinage during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1879 to 1917, he oversaw two major periods of change in US coinage and designed some of the nation’s popular historic coins. Right now, Silver.com offers 90% Silver Barber Half-Dollars in a $10 roll, with all coins in circulated condition.
- Arrives in a sealed roll containing 20 coins in total.
- Features the original Barber Half-Dollar Design.
- Coins in Circulated condition.
- Individual coins bear a face value of $.50 (USD) backed by the federal government, for a total value of $10 (USD).
- Obverse features the Liberty head design from Barber.
- Reverse includes the Heraldic Eagle of the United States.
- Coins issued between 1892 and 1916.
Barber was born in London, England, but his family moved to the United States in the 1850s. His father and older brother were both engravers, and Charles followed in the family footsteps and eventually became Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.
Early in his term as the Chief Engraver, Barber created the Liberty head design used on the nation’s dime, quarter, and half-dollar coins to replace the Seated Liberty design that had been in use on most denominations of US coinage since the 1830s. Barber’s appointment as the designer was the result of a lack of public interest in submitting designs because the US Mint offered a cash prize only to a potential winner, rather than all entrants.
Struck between 1892 and 1916, these 90% Silver Barber Half-Dollar coins in this $10 (USD) roll are in circulated condition, which means you’ll notice signs of usual wear and tear on the coins themselves. There’s no rarity to most Silver Barber Half-Dollar coins, which were produced by New Orleans Mint (O), San Francisco Mint (S), and the Denver Mint (D).
On the obverse of each coin is the left-profile portrait of Liberty, with “In God We Trust” engraved above her head and the year of issue below. Surrounding the design are 13 stars to represent the original American colonies.
The reverse of the coins features one of the first modern depictions of the heraldic eagle of the United States. The bald eagle is set behind the nation’s shield, clutching an olive branch and the arrows of war in its talons. “United States of America” is engraved above, “Half Dollar” below, and the motto “E Pluribus Unum” is on the banner the eagle clutches in its beak.
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