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Quarters – Standing Liberty Quarter, Type 1, 1916-1917

Quarters – Standing Liberty Quarter, Type 1, 1916-1917

Description: Charles Barber’s quarter dollar design was introduced in 1892, a beneficiary of the provision of the Mint Act of 1890 which allowed for the design of a coin to be changed every 25 years. Though not mandated by law, Barber’s... read more »

 

Quarters – Standing Liberty Quarter, Type 2, 1917-1930

Quarters – Standing Liberty Quarter, Type 2, 1917-1930

Description: In 1916 Charles E. Barber’s designs for the dime, quarter, and half dollar were set aside, replaced by Adolph A. Weinman’s designs for the dime (Winged Liberty Head, or Mercury) and half dollar (Liberty Walking); and... read more »

 

Quarters – Washington Quarter, 1932-1964

Quarters – Washington Quarter, 1932-1964

Description: The United States in the early 1930s suffered under the effects of a widespread economic depression that followed the 1929 stock market crash. The crisis was made worse by severe agricultural stress caused by land erosion and southern... read more »

 

Half Dollars – Flowing Hair 1794-1795 Half Dollar

Half Dollars – Flowing Hair 1794-1795 Half Dollar

Description: The Half Dollar of the United States, sometimes known as the fifty-cent piece, has been produced nearly every year since the inception of the United States Mint in 1794. The only U.S. coin that has been minted more consistently... read more »

 

Half Dollars – Draped Bust Small Eagle Half Dollar, 1796-1797

Half Dollars – Draped Bust Small Eagle Half Dollar, 1796-1797

Description: The Draped Bust half dollar was introduced after only two years of production of the previous design. The simple portrait of Liberty on the Flowing Hair type was criticized as being an inappropriate representation, not dignified... read more »

 

Half Dollars – Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle Half Dollar, 1801-1807

Half Dollars – Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle Half Dollar, 1801-1807

Description: The Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar type was minted for two years, as was the Flowing Hair type that preceded it. No half dollars were minted from 1798 through 1800, and when the series resumed in 1801 the design was changed... read more »

 

Half Dollars – Capped Bust, Lettered Edge Half Dollar, 1807-1836

Half Dollars – Capped Bust, Lettered Edge Half Dollar, 1807-1836

Description: Two half dollar series are called “Bust Halves”, the earlier Draped Bust type that ended in 1807 and the Capped Bust type that started in 1807 and ended in 1839. Capped Bust halves produced through 1836 have a lettered... read more »

 

Half Dollars – Capped Bust, Reeded Edge Half Dollar, 1836-1839

Half Dollars – Capped Bust, Reeded Edge Half Dollar, 1836-1839

Description: In 1836 Christian Gobrecht completed work for new Capped Bust half dollar obverse and reverse dies in preparation for the transition from man- or animal-powered coinage presses to new steam-powered presses. The new coins were slightly... read more »

 

Half Dollars – Liberty Seated Half Dollar, No Motto, No Drapery, 1839

Half Dollars – Liberty Seated Half Dollar, No Motto, No Drapery, 1839

Description: Capped Bust half dollars produced at the end of 1836 were some of the first coins made using new steam coinage presses and a close collar, which restricted expansion of the planchet during striking while at the same time giving... read more »

 

Half Dollars – Liberty Seated Half Dollar, No Motto, With Drapery, 1839-1866

Half Dollars – Liberty Seated Half Dollar, No Motto, With Drapery, 1839-1866

Description: The Liberty Seated design was first seen on Christian Gobrecht’s silver dollar in 1836, the inaugural year of that three-year type that ended in 1839 (no dollars were produced in 1837). The soaring eagle on the reverse of... read more »

 

Half Dollars – 1853 Seated Half Dollar – Arrows and Rays

Half Dollars – 1853 Seated Half Dollar – Arrows and Rays

Description: The 1853 is a highly desirable one-year type Seated Half Dollar with arrows at the date and rays on the reverse added to indicate a weight reduction from 13.36 grams to 12.44 grams. While Arrows and Rays Halves are relatively available... read more »

 

Half Dollars – Liberty Seated Half Dollar, Arrows at Date, 1854-1855

Half Dollars – Liberty Seated Half Dollar, Arrows at Date, 1854-1855

Description: The Liberty Seated half dollar series is comprised of several subtypes. Rising silver prices that followed the influx of California gold into the monetary system in the late 1840s and early 1850s created a situation where the bullion... read more »

 

Half Dollars – Liberty Seated Half Dollar, Motto, With Drapery, 1866-1891

Half Dollars – Liberty Seated Half Dollar, Motto, With Drapery, 1866-1891

Description: The Civil War ended in May, 1865, with the surrender of the last Confederate troops. President Lincoln had been assassinated the previous month, and the nation was not only mourning his death but also the loss of over 600,000 husbands,... read more »

 

Half Dollars – Liberty Seated Half Dollar, Motto, With Drapery, Arrows, 1873-1874

Half Dollars – Liberty Seated Half Dollar, Motto, With Drapery, Arrows, 1873-1874

Description: The Mint Act of February 12, 1873, changed the weight of the half dollar by a minuscule amount, from 12.44 grams to 12.5 grams, in order to apply a metric uniformity to the coin’s weight. An arrow was again added to each side... read more »

 

Half Dollars – Barber Half Dollar, 1892-1915

Half Dollars – Barber Half Dollar, 1892-1915

Description: The Mint Act of 1890 allowed for change of coin designs every 25 years, and the dime, quarter, and half dollar were eligible for a redesign in 1891. An initial competition to come up with a new design was opened only to 10 eminent... read more »

 
 
 
 
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