Hello, ‘Murica. Today is Monday, which means you get to check out cool ‘Murican Money. The striking coin above is an 1899 Barber Silver Half Dollar. The front (in the coin world, we call it the ‘obverse’) depicts Lady Liberty, with a laurel wreath around her head, and her hair in a Phrygian cap.
The designer of the coin, Charles Barber, was the Mint Chief Engraver from 1879-1917. He designed the incredibly popular Barber dime, quarter, and half dollar, as well as the “V” Liberty Head nickel.
The reverse shows the Great Seal of the United States (of ‘Murica) and a heraldic eagle clutching an olive branch in one talon, and arrows in the other.
This particular coin is a proof coin, which means that it was struck for archival purposes and checking the die. The cameo refers to the depth of the strike and the sheen of the field. Both of these things add to the value of the coin!
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