San Francisco Mint Barber Silver Half Dollar


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San Francisco Mint Barber Silver Half Dollar

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The Barber Half Dollar was struck by the U.S. Mint from 1892-1915, so every coin is now over 100 years old.
The coin is known as the Barber Half Dollar because it was created by Charles E. Barber, who was Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint and was one of the most famous and prolific coin designers in United States Mint history.
The obverse depicts Liberty with a triple headdress of cap, laurel wreath, and a tiny coronet inscribed with the word “Liberty” – symbols of freedom and liberty. Thirteen stars around Liberty represent the 13 original states that formed the United States of America.
The reverse shows a heraldic eagle from the Great Seal of the United States; it holds arrows of defense and an olive branch of peace in its talons.
The Barber series of silver coins from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s was the last “family” of silver coins that featured similar designs; the image of Liberty was also used on Barber Dimes and Quarters.
This coin was struck at the U.S. Mint in San Francisco. It features the famous “S” mint mark under the eagle’s tail on the reverse.
All Barber Half Dollars were struck in 90% silver, a level of precious metal that has not been seen in regular U.S. coins for over half a century.
Silver coins like this disappeared from circulation generations ago. Most were worn out or damaged in circulation, while millions have been melted for the silver bullion over the years, leaving just a fraction for today’s collectors. This coin was especially vulnerable to melting due to its large size and 90% silver content.
This hard-to-find silver coin is a sought-after collector’s item and makes a great gift.