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15 Sep 2021

Barber half dollars and I’m actually back for real this time

Coins-United States | Eriknation

Hello guys! It’s been quite a while since my last blog. I had a wonderful vacation for Summer. I went to places like Lassen Volcanic National Park, Bodies (A Last Name) State Park, Manzanar Historic Site and more. I talked a bit about it on my channel. If you want to see it here’s the link: My video and channel (Voice Reveal). Ok. Back to the Barber Half Dollars.

Barber Half dollars were minted between 1892 and 1915. They are made up of 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper. The Barber Half dollar was designed by famous U.S mint chief and famous sculptor Charles E. Barber. The Barber Half dollar is sometimes referred to as the Liberty Half dollar. But, it's usually called the barber half dollar. Barber half dollars were minted from the following mints: Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco and New Orleans. On the obverse of the coin is Lady or Miss Liberty, on the reverse of the coin is a heraldic eagle grasping on an olive branch and arrows holding a ribbon that says E Plurbius Unum. Let’s get into their grades and values.


Let’s start off with some Barber Half dollars that are pretty scarce. The key dates/tough dates are: 1892 O, 1895 S, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1893 S, 1896, 1896 O, 1896 S, 1897 O, 1897 S, 1898 O, 1901 S, 1903, and 1913 S. If you don’t like me

listing all the key dates and stuff make sure to tell me. Barber Half dollars are very rare in circulation but can easily be found at a local coin shop or coin show. They are usually found in G4-VGcondition, meaning that they are usually found in circulated condition. Ones in AU or higher are worth significantly more. Ones in mint state condition can go upwards of one thousand dollars! Other coins in not-so-good condition are not worth as much as people want higher quality coins which is why they are worth less than a thousand dollars. Error coins such as the 1892 O micro o can be worth tens of thousands in mint state, while others are worth close to face value. Fun fact: more than 135,898,329 barber Half Dollars minted in total. That’s a lot of silver! I decided to calculate the total silver in all the barber half dollars minted and 53928859.4596 ounces or 3370553.71623 pounds of pure silver in all the barber half dollars originally made. I may be wrong though.

I know this blog is very short, so I will try to give you guys some more info. It’s because I have lots of homework and work to do since school started.

Thanks.

Eric

P.S I won some cool coins at the 2021 YN auction. Saw you there @coinhunter ;).




Comments

Long Beard

Level 5

I have always had a weakness for the Barber coinage. Few other designs could look as eye appealing in grades of fine/very fine, even better than a mint state group.

CentSearcher

Level 5

Welcome back! Sounds like a great trip, I love national parks. The barber half dollar is one of the cheapest slots in my type set that I haven't come around to buy yet, hopefully I can change that soon. Thanks for sharing!

CoinHunter

Level 5

Thanks for the blog! Ya, I saw you at the YN auction as well.

Eriknation

Level 4

had a great time there

Golfer

Level 5

Nice review and blog. I really like old barber coins, but don't collect them. Have a few commons. Thanks

"SUN"

Level 6

Sounds like a good summer.

Longstrider

Level 6

Nice review. Sadly not my favorite. Personal opinion nothing wrong with it. Glad you had a great time. I've been to Bodie before it was fixed up. Very cool. Thanks.

Eriknation

Level 4

I kind of agree.

Kepi

Level 6

Nice blog! Glad you had a great summer! Barbers aren't a favorite of mine. I just don't care for the design. ; )

Eriknation

Level 4

Thanks for letting me know your opinion :)

AC coin$

Level 5

Nice blog coin is attractive of this series. For art is design thanks.

Mokie

Level 6

I think you covered the deets on the Barber Half quite nicely. Please let us know about your YN auction acquisitions.

Eriknation

Level 4

Will do in my next blog I'll talk about the Booker T. Washington commemorative and liberty seated dime.

slybluenote

Level 5

Thanks for the information and for posting. It was very informative. I have some quarters and dimes by Barber but not sure if I have any half dollars.

Mike

Level 7

I never was attracted to Barber's set . It's something about the design that didn't catch my eye. His other coins the larger denominations I do like more like the half dollar. Thanks for the information. And your reserch!!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Thanks for the overview of this series

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