1892-1915 Barber Half Dollar - Circulated

1892-1915 Barber Half Dollar - Circulated

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The Barber Half Dollar was only minted from 1892-1915 and replaced the Seated Liberty design. This coin is known for having far smaller mintages than the Walking Liberty, Franklin, and Kennedy Half Dollars, making the Barber Half Dollar much rarer and have higher collectible value! Order these rare 90% silver Barber half dollars online from Bullion Shark!


After a contest was held by the U.S. Mint, the winner Charles E. Barber's design was used for the Barber half dollar, and he was awarded a cash prize for the winning design. In 1892, the Barber half dollar replaced the Seated Liberty design that had adorned half dollars since the 1830s. This coin not only symbolizes the evolution of American coinage but also encapsulates the spirit of an era marked by industrial growth and the nation's emergence on the world stage.


The Barber half dollar is the perfect addition to any rare coin collection, an absolute classic! These half dollars are a great introduction to classic American coinage at an affordable price. On top of having strong collectible value, these are all 90% silver half dollars, which adds to the Barber half dollar value. Order these rare Barber half dollars and you will receive random dates in circulated condition, but there is a nice assortment of dates available so you will receive a good variety of dates with orders of multiple coins!


Why Collect Barber Half Dollars?


  1. No matter what date you receive, all of these half dollars are over 100 years old!
  2. 90% silver coins.
  3. Wide variety of dates available.
  4. In great condition for circulated coins over 100 years old.
  5. One of the rarest American half dollar series.


Barber Half Dollar Coin Details:


Designer: Charles E. Barber

Edge: Reeded

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters

Weight: 12.50 grams

Mint: Varies

Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


Finish: Business Strike.


Design Details: The obverse of the Barber Half Dollar features the profile of Lady Liberty, donning a Phrygian cap and a laurel wreath, symbolizing freedom and victory, respectively. The words "LIBERTY" engraved on a band across her forehead and the year of minting below her profile encapsulate the coin's obverse design. The reverse showcases an eagle with outstretched wings, holding an olive branch and arrows, emblematic of peace and readiness. Surrounding the eagle are the words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and the denomination "HALF DOLLAR," beautifully framing this majestic bird.


Mint Marks and Rarity: Each Barber Half Dollar comes with its own story, told through its mint mark - or lack thereof. Minted in Philadelphia (no mint mark), Denver (D), San Francisco (S), and New Orleans (O), the location and year of mint significantly contribute to the coin's rarity and value. Key dates and mint marks are highly sought after by collectors for their scarcity and historical value.


Condition and Value: The value of a Barber Half Dollar is greatly influenced by its condition. Our collection includes coins ranging from Good (G) to Uncirculated (MS) conditions, catering to both novice collectors and seasoned numismatists. Whether you are looking to start your collection, add a rare piece, or invest in silver, the Barber Half Dollar is an excellent choice.

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1892-1915 Barber Half Dollar FAQ

A Barber half dollar is a 50-cent coin that was minted by the United States from 1892 to 1915. It features a design by Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber, with the head of Liberty on the obverse and an eagle on the reverse.

The Barber half dollar was designed by Charles E. Barber, the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint at the time. His initials, "C.E.B.," can be found on the obverse of the coin, near the neck of Liberty.

Key dates for Barber half dollars, which are considered the most valuable and sought after by collectors, include 1892-O Micro O, 1892-S, 1897-O, 1901-S, and 1913. These dates are known for their low mintage numbers or high demand among collectors.

The value of a Barber half dollar varies widely depending on its condition, mint mark, and year. Common dates in good condition might be worth $15 to $50, while key dates in uncirculated condition can fetch thousands of dollars.

Some Barber half dollars are more valuable due to their rarity, condition (grade), and demand among collectors. Key dates with low mintage numbers, coins in exceptionally fine condition, and those with significant historical interest tend to be more valuable.

To determine if your Barber half dollar is rare, check its date and mint mark against known key dates and low-mintage years. Also, consider having it professionally graded, as condition greatly affects rarity and value.

The mint mark on a Barber half dollar is located on the reverse side of the coin, just below the eagle's tail and above the "DO" in "DOLLAR." The absence of a mint mark indicates it was minted in Philadelphia, while "O," "S," and "D" represent New Orleans, San Francisco, and Denver, respectively.

The total number of Barber half dollars minted varies by year and mint location. Over the entire series from 1892 to 1915, millions were produced, but specific key dates had much lower mintages, making them rarer today.

The Barber half dollar is composed of 90% silver and 10% copper. This composition was standard for U.S. silver coins at the time. Each coin contains approximately 0.36169 troy ounces of silver.

To properly store and care for your Barber half dollars, keep them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Use acid-free holders, tubes, or albums designed for coin storage to protect them from environmental damage and handling. Avoid cleaning the coins, as this can decrease their value.

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