Barber half dollars were struck for a total of 24 years and in 73 different date-and-mint combinations. Collectors do assemble date-and-mint sets, especially in circulated grades, but in mint condition this coin is far more often collected by type. Meaningful numbers exist in mint state levels up to MS-65, but above that the population is thin. When grading this design, the points on the obverse that will first show wear are the cheek and the hair below LIBERTY; on the reverse, check the eagle’s head and the tips of the tail and wings.
The total output of Barber half dollars for all 24 years was only about 136 million coins. That’s less than half the number of Kennedy halves struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1964 alone, but then Barber halves were bigger money. Back in 1900, a half dollar would have bought a man’s shirt or two pairs of suspenders. Money certainly went further in the “good old days!”
|Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)|
|Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber|
|Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber|
|Melt Value: $6.33 (10/13/2016)|
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