Certified Barber Half Dollar 1909 VF20 PCGS

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    The Certified Barber Half Dollar 1909 VF20 PCGS has been graded by PCGS and has earned the grade of VF20. Very fine Barber Half Dollars tend to exhibit wear but still have somewhat intricate detailing depicted. PCGS has preserved the 1909 Barber Half Dollar in an official certified holder, revealing its grade to the collector. The 1909 Barber Half was minted at the Philadelphia Mint and holds some historical value since it was the first mint to be established in the US. The US desperately needed an identity but also a means to international commerce so the Founding Fathers decided that a national mint was the answer. The Mint Act officially announced the opening of the Philadelphia Mint and also instituted guidelines for the newly minted currency. A dollar decimal system would be used to assign the currency with legal tender values. Also, an emblematic symbol of liberty must be included on US currency, hence why so many adaptations of Liberty have been used. The Barber design showcases just Liberty's head, a design reminiscent of the Greek goddess, Liberty.

    The Barber Half Dollar was a part of an entire coinage series, including the dime and quarter as well. The Barber design was named after the US Mint's Chief Engraver, William Barber. The coins were in circulation from 1892-1916, but the half dollar wasn't minted the last couple of years before the series ended. The Seated Liberty design had run its course and the Mint's Director, Edward Leech, wanted to officially change the design. Holding a competition, Leech wanted to encourage participation by giving the winner a cash prize. All of the local artists invited declined and Leech resorted to his mint for direction. William Barber was ultimately assigned the task to create a new design for the US currency, that would replace the Seated Liberty. The new design was received with mixed emotions and would be replaced in 1916, by the Walking Liberty.

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    • Year: 1909
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