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Barber Half Dollars

Barber or Liberty Head Half Dollars

Designed by Charles E Barber the half dollars using his art work were minted from 1892 to 1916. It was made with 90% silver and 10% copper. The mint marks are found on the reverse below the wreath. On the obverse, Liberty is seen wearing a pileus, which could be seen worn in Ancient Greece and the surrounding area. In later years collectors began to view the design as having aesthetic merit. However, when introduced they were already looking for a better design.