Barber Half Dollar Very Fine 1893-S

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  • Description:

    The Seated Liberty was on the chopping block and the US Mint Director, Edward Leech, wanted to change the design. He first put out an add for a competition among local artists, hoping to lure them in with a cash prize for the winner. When the response was less than what he bargained for, Leech collaborated with Barber to come up with a design. William Barber, the US Mint Chief Engraver from 1879-1917, designed the Barber coinage. The Barber coinage is one of the only times in history wherein all of the circulating currency matched in design. The dime, the quarter, and the half dollar all contained the same Grecian liberty design and were minted from 1892-1916.

    The 1893-S Barber Half Dollar is a prime target for most collectors, since its mintage is a measly 740,000. Very fine condition contains heavier amounts of wear, especially around Liberty and the eagle on the reverse but all of the words are still quite readable. The 1893-S Half Dollar was minted by the infamous San Francisco Mint, which is dated all the way back to the California gold rushes. This west coast-based mint was established to help prospectors turn their mined treasure into currency. In just its first year in production, the San Francisco Mint turned $4 million worth of gold into coins! Of course, it was also a part of popular silver coin series, such as the Morgan or the Barber. On the obverse of Barber Half Dollars, Liberty is pictured and is wearing a Grecian leaf crown. The obverse also contains the coin's date of mintage. The reverse reveals a heraldic eagle, draped in a shield and is holding arrows and olive branches in its talons. This design has been used over time on most US currency and is the US national seal.

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    • Year: 1893
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