Barber Half Dollar Good Condition 1903

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    One reason why coin collectors love collecting is the constant new series that replace old ones. The Barber Half Dollar replaced the Seated Liberty coinage, by preference of the Mint Director, Edward Leech. After a failed attempt to offer a friendly competition among local artists, Leech resorted to Chief Engraver, William Barber, to come up with the design. Barber's design extended to the dime, quarter, and half dollar; being one of the only coin designs to serve on all currency. Liberty is wearing a Grecian leaf cap, on the obverse, as the reverse features the nation's seal. The Barber Dime is the only Barber coin to not showcase the heraldic eagle, holding the shield, on its reverse. The dime and quarter feature just the coin's monetary denomination. The 1903 Barber Half Dollar was minted at the very first mint in the US and is in good condition. Collectors expect good condition to contain extreme wear on the entire surface of the coin and is lacking in specific details, such as the intricacy of Liberty's headpiece made of leaves or the heraldic eagle's feathering. All coins, in good condition, still have a readable date. There were ample amounts of 1903 Half Dollars minted, resulting in an easy win for collectors.

    After the ratification of the Constitution, the Founding Fathers needed to establish a national identity and a means of commerce. The Philadelphia Mint is the main branch of the US Mint and is the oldest mint in the US, being established in 1792. At the time, Philadelphia was the capital of the US so it only made sense for the first mint to be built there. The Mint Act was also passed, during this time, to assign coins denominations based on their legal tender or metal fineness. This act also constituted that any coin in the US should feature "an impression emblematic of liberty." The Philadelphia Mint has participated in every coin series since it was established, leaving no mint-mark as their mark.

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    • Year: 1903
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