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Barber Half Dollar Value

Updated on November 17, 2011

Barber Half Dollar Value

The Half Dollar coin was one of three denominations that were minted with the Barber design during the years of 1892-1916. Although the Barber Half Dollars were an unfavorable Mint design, these coins can be worth a great deal of value today. New record highs in silver prices have further boosted the values and demand for these unique silver half dollars. A majority of the public are unaware of this coin so many can be still found relatively cheaply at garage and estate sales. You'll never know what you'll come across, but it's always good to know what you're looking for. Covered in this article is a history of the Barber Half Dollar, as well as their current melt and numismatic values.

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1904 Barber Half Dollar Obverse. Photo Courtesy: coinpage.com
1904 Barber Half Dollar Obverse. Photo Courtesy: coinpage.com

History of the Barber Half Dollar:

  • As with the Barber Dime and Quarter, the Barber Half dollar was designed by Charles E. Barber. These half dollars debuted for circulation in 1892, featuring a portrait of Liberty on the obverse and an eagle with spread wings on the reverse. Barber’s initial can be observed on the obverse below the neck of Liberty.
  • As with the other denominations that featured the Barber design, the Barber Half Dollar was also met with mass public and media criticism when it was first released. This bad press coverage caused disregard for the half dollars, leading to very few being saved as collector coins.
  • The Barber Half Dollar was minted from 1892-1916 until it was replaced with the Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Theodore Roosevelt passed legislation to enhance and beautify American coinage, thus permanently ending the mintage of the unpopular Barber Half Dollars.

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Composition and Melt Value of Barber Half Dollars:

  • Weight – 12.50 Grams
  • Metal Composition – 90% Silver, 10% Copper
  • Melt Value – $15.95

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1907D Barber Half Dollar Reverse. Mintmark can be found below the Eagle. Photo Courtesy: coinpage.com
1907D Barber Half Dollar Reverse. Mintmark can be found below the Eagle. Photo Courtesy: coinpage.com

Did You Know?

You don’t have to have a Key or Semi Key date to have a Barber Half Dollar worth hundreds to thousands of dollars. All you need is a high grading Very Fine to Mint State condition coin. If you’re unsure of how to tell the condition of your coin, it’s good to familiarize yourself with the Coin Grading Scale.

Above Photos: Circulated Barber Half Dollar showing San Francisco Mintmark. Photo Courtesy: coinpage.com
Above Photos: Circulated Barber Half Dollar showing San Francisco Mintmark. Photo Courtesy: coinpage.com

Barber Half Dollar Values:

Usually when designs are unpopular and highly criticized, the coin mintage ends with failure. This is not the case with the Barber Half Dollar. Even though the Barber Half dollar failed during its mintage years to capture public appeal, the disregard actually paid off. Since very few specimens were saved in their Mint State condition, the value of these surviving specimens is greatly increased. Below is a list for Key and Semi Key Date Barber Half Dollar values.

Key Date Barber Half Dollars:

  • 1892O – Valued at $300-1,600+
  • 1892O – Micro Mintmark. Valued at $1,000-19,000+
  • 1892S – Valued at $250-2,000+
  • 1893S – Valued at $160-3,000+
  • 1897O – Valued at $150-3,600+
  • 1897S – Valued at $140-3,600+
  • 1914 – Valued at $140-1,700+

Semi Key Date Barber Half Dollars:

  • 1896O – Valued at $50-5,000+
  • 1896S – Valued at $95-3,000+
  • 1898O – Valued at $40-3,000+
  • 1901S – Valued at $35-5,250+
  • 1904S – Valued at $40-13,000
  • 1905O – Valued at $35-1,700+
  • 1913 – Valued at $75-1,450
  • 1915 – Valued at $95-2,100

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