of the Barber Half Dollar closely parallels that of the Barber
Dime and Quarter Dollar. The Mint hoped to obtain a new coinage design
by sponsoring a contest to replace the Seated Liberty theme.
Barber coinage began circulating in 1892. The
half dollar and quarter
dollar share the same reverse, dominated by a large eagle and
While This Coin Was Minted...
During the Barber coinage era of 1892-1916, the world saw
revolutionary changes in transportation. Henry Ford rolled out his
first automobile in 1896 (above), which he called the
Quadricycle. On July 20, 1903, the Ford Motor Company sold its
first car, a Model A, to a Detroit physician for $850. Later in 1903,
the Wright Brothers' flying machine took to the air under its own
power, forever shattering mankind's obedience to gravity.
Don't look for any spectacular rarities in the Barber Half Dollar series, but there are definitely a few key dates having respectable records of value appreciation, all of which are still priced within the means of average collectors.
Key date Barber Half Dollars are offered for
sale below. Click the link to take you to eBay auction
coins. As usual, its a good idea to purchase rare coins that have
been certified by one of the leading grading services: PCGS, NGC,
ANACS, or ICG. If the coins are "raw", then at least deal only
with a seller of stellar reputation. You might be setting
yourself up for a disappointment if you don't.
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