Certified Barber Half Dollar 1900 VF35 NGC

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    The Certified Barber Half Dollar 1900 VF35 NGC is preserved in an official NGC holder and has earned the grade VF35, which falls right in the middle of the very fine grading scale. Named the oldest mint in the US, the Philadelphia Mint was established in 1792. After the ratification of the Constitution, the Founding Fathers needed to establish a national identity and a means of commerce. 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 mandated that an emblematic symbol of liberty should be depicted on all US currency, lending to the Lady Liberty craze over the years. Lady Liberty is still admired today and stands in New York's harbor has a reminder of what the US stands for.

    Being the US Mint Chief Engraver from 1869-1879, William Barber is known for one solitary design, before passing the title to his son, Charles. In just the short ten years as Chief Engraver, Barber was responsible for a history-breaking coin design. Being one of the only designs to grace all current denominations, the Barber design was inspired by the Grecian goddess, Liberty, who has been admired and loved by warriors since the beginning of time. Liberty wears an Acanthus leaf cap as a crown, which was very common in ancient Greece, and the "United States of America," and the coin's mint date are also simply stamped on the obverse. The reverse contains the nation's official seal, which is of a heraldic eagle holding a shield. Each of the eagle's talons are grasping a symbolic gesture: olive branches and arrows. The Barber design wasn't hated but it also wasn't popular, so the Barber Half Dollar's production ended in 1915.

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    • Year: 1900
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