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The Barber Half Dollars is so named for its designer, Charles E. Barber, who was the Chief Engraver at the Mint. The first Barber Half Dollars were struck in 1892. Barber half dollars were struck for a total of 24 years and in 73 different date-and-mint combinations.

The total output of Barber half dollars for all 24 years was only about 136 million coins. The Barber Half features a right-facing head of Liberty with her hair bound up in a cap, a laurel wreath resting along her hairline and a diadem bearing the incused inscription LIBERTY over her brow.

The designer’s initial (B) is at the base of the neck. On the half dollar and quarter, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST appears above this portrait, the date below and thirteen stars alongside.

The reverse depicts an eagle with a shield on its breast, an olive branch clutched in its right talons and a bundle of arrows in its left talons. Inscriptions on this side include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA along the top border, the statement of value along the bottom and E PLURIBUS UNUM on a ribbon held tightly in the eagle’s beak. Thirteen stars are arrayed in the field above the eagle.

1892 Barber Half Dollar      1892 Barber Half Dollar reverse

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1899 Barber Half Dollar 1899 Barber Half Dollar reverse

This 1899 Barber Half Dollar recently sold on eBay for only $12.50

The best place to purchase Barber Half Dollars is at eBay. Most of these coins are expensive in the better grades and rare years especially the early years of issue. However, if you just want one or two for your collection look for Barber Half Dollars in the grades of very good or better. You should be able to find many nice specimens for your collection in the $20.00 or less range.

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