1913 Barber Half Dollar 50C
This Liberty Head half dollar (or Barber half dollar) bears Charles E. Barber¡¯s classic depiction of Liberty wearing a laurel wreath and Phrygian cap held by a band inscribed LIBERTY. The reverse bears an adaptation of the Great Seal of the United States.
Obverse includes the image of Liberty.
Reverse features the heraldic eagle of the United States.
All Barber Half Dollar Coins in this product listing were struck between 1892 when Barber created his design of Liberty, until 1913 when the US Mint transitioned away from Barber coinage with exciting new designs. The Barber Half Dollar design was replaced by the iconic Walking Liberty Half Dollar design from Adolph A. Weinman.
Charles E. Barber was born in the United Kingdom to William Barber, and is part of the only father-son combination to serve as Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. Charles¡¯ father served as Chief Engraver immediately before him, with Charles taking over the position from his father in 1879.
The reverse of all Barber Half Dollar coins includes the heraldic eagle of the US. In use on American coins since 1794, this design has been updated at various times. This depiction includes the American bald eagle behind the national shield with arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other.
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