90% Silver Barber Half Dollars | 1892-1915 Halves

90% Silver Barber Half Dollars carry a unique combination of Rarity and Silver Bullion Value

Provident Metals offers an impressive array of turn-of-the-century Barber Half Dollars, and they are an extremely cost-effective method of purchasing historical United States silver. We also offer a range of purchasing options from coins in very good condition, to good condition, and coins in cull batches. These silver fifty-cent coins were very popular and were minted from 1892 until 1915. Barber Half Dollars are composed of 90% silver and 10% copper bullion, weigh 12.50 grams and measure 30.61 mm in diameter. They were minted in Philadellphia, Denver, New Orleans, and San Francisco. Their design harkens back to a day when the U.S. Mint used Greek and Roman influences to create coins with time-honored classical designs.
Extensive internal politics surrounded the redesign of these important circulation coins. In 1887, then mint director James P. Kimball submitted a request to the United States Congress for a major coinage redesign of the dime, quarter, and half dollar. His proposal was unique. He suggested that eminent sculptors be invited to compete in the design process, and therefore, in 1890, the Department of the Treasury asked ten distinguished artists to submit proposals. This plan, however, proved unworkable since the artists requested pre-payment for their services. A contest was then opened to the general public, but the submitted designs proved unsatisfactory. Therefore, U.S. Mint Chief Engraver, Charles Barber set about developing the new design and gave these coins their name--Barber Half Dollars.

The obverse (front) design of the Barber Silver Half Dollar consists of a classical Liberty head in profile facing left wearing a bonnet and a laurel wreath. The word "LIBERTY" appears on Liberty’s headband inscribed in incuse relief. Liberty’s bust is encircled by seven stars on her right and six stars on her left, one for each of the original thirteen colonies. The date is centered below her with the motto, IN GOD WE TRUST” inscribed above her. For the reverse design, Barber featured a heraldic eagle, wings spread, very similar to the eagle featured on the Great Seal of the United States. The words “HALF DOLLAR” and the mint mark is located beneath it. The eagle proudly carries a banner with the Latin phrase “E PLURIBUS UNUM” in its beak. In addition, the reverse design also carries a field of 13 stars with the top edge inscribed “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” Please browse through our individual product descriptions for specific details about condition, dates of issue, and availability. Our completely secure on-line ordering system will ensure that you will be enjoying your Barber Half Dollars in only days!
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