Printable Catalog with Mintage Statistics for Items Designed and Minted by Daniel Carr / Moonlight Mint.

“1916” Barber Half Dollar – Production Blog

 

All are over-struck on genuine US Mint Barber silver half dollars (circa 1893-1915), unless otherwise noted.
A few were broad-struck and/or multiply struck with moderate shift between strikes.

 

The 1916 Barber silver half dollar is a coin that could have been. The US Mint introduced three new coins in 1916 to replace the three previous Barber coins: the Winged Liberty Head ("Mercury") dime, Standing Liberty quarter, and Walking Liberty half dollar. In addition to the new designs, Barber dimes and Barber quarters were also minted with 1916 dates. But no Barber half dollars were minted in 1916.

 

NOTE: Certificates for Die Pair 1 coins do not indicate the die pair, and they have a typographical error “Dolar” (sometimes hand-corrected to “Dollar”).

 

NOTE: These are not endorsed by the US Treasury. Defacing of US coins is legal so long as the defacement isn't for fraudulent purposes.

 

Production listed in chronological order - newest production at top, oldest production at bottom.

 

Current Status:

Die Pair 1 has cracked (reverse) and has been retired. Die Pair 2 has also been permanently retired.

Die Pair

Quantity Struck

Issue
Price

Notes

 

Die Pair 2
Proof-like

149
(final)

high-grade:

149

 bag-handled:

0

$120
 (high-grade)

First produced July 2015.

Over-struck on genuine US Mint 90% silver Barber half dollars circa 1893-1915.

The first 17 pieces over-struck are brilliant proof-like with less “cameo” frosting than the rest that followed. The last strikes also have somewhat less cameo contrast due to die wear.

Die Pair 2

Cameo Proof-like

Die Pair 2

Brilliant Proof-like

 

Die Pair 2
Satin

56
(final)

high-grade:

41

 bag-handled:

15

$120
(sold out)

 (high-grade)

$75
(sold out)
 (bag-handled)

 

First produced July 2015.

Over-struck on genuine US Mint 90% silver Barber half dollars circa 1893-1915.

Die Pair 2

Satin
No obverse engraving error.

 

Die Pair 1

 

394
(final)

high-grade:

260

 bag-handled:

134

$85
(sold out)
 (high-grade)

$60
(sold out)
 (bag-handled)

 

First produced May 2015.

Over-struck on genuine US Mint 90% silver Barber half dollars circa 1893-1915.

Die Pair 1

Die Pair 1

Reverse shield partially
shows on obverse,
due to engraving error

Die Pair 1

Die crack on reverse
started early as a thin
vertical line on shield,
then gradually became
more severe.

Final die state also has a
crack from the center
to the “C” of AMERICA.