Trivia - Barber's Coins

Discussion in 'Clinker - In Memoriam' started by Clinker, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. Clinker

    Clinker Coin Collector

    You know Charles E. Barber, the sixth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint (1879-1917), designed the long-existing Barber Dimes, Quarters and Half Dollars.

    Do you know his middle initial "E" stands for Edward?

    Do you know he succeded his father, William Barber, who was the mint's fifth Chief Engraver (1869-1879)?

    Do you know the two coins William designed?

    HINT: Both denominations were short lived entities.

    1. He designed the 20 Cent piece.
    2. He designed the Trade Dollar.

    NOTE: He designed a few pattern coins, such as this 1877 silver half dollar, Judd #1528:

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  3. Mikjo0

    Mikjo0 Numismatist

    I thought the 20 cent piece used the same Seated Liberty design as the dimes,quarters,halves and dollars.What did Wm.Barber change or add?
  4. YNcoinpro_U.S.

    YNcoinpro_U.S. New Member

    Yep, I knew both of those answers and all about the family and designing coins.

    Hint-let more than one person take a stab at guessing before posting the answers.
  5. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    Thanks for hitting my favorite series (dimes, quarters and half dollars).
  6. Vroomer2

    Vroomer2 Active Member

    Did you know he added the motto to the Saint-Gaudens eagle and double eagles?

    Did you know he added the chain mail to MacNeil's awesome artistic design?

    Did you also know any design that ended up on a coin under his reign as chief engraver he tried to get his grubby hands on?

    Did you know that I can't stand the man? :D
  7. CoinOKC

    CoinOKC Don't Drink The Kool-Aid

    Barber also removed a lot of the "roughness" from the fields of James E. Fraser's classic buffalo nickel design. SACRILEGIOUS!!
  8. Clinker

    Clinker Coin Collector

    Thanks to all who commented and added some additional info...

  9. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    Barber also made the striking of the Peace dollars easier by 'flattening' the die with a wood board & a hammer.
    He hated anyone who was able to design a coin, since it wasn't him.

    I apologize, per Breen, it was Morgan (of Morgan $ fame) who did this.
  10. mrbrklyn

    mrbrklyn New Member

    I don't agree with that. In fact, I think time has been very good for Barber, and all his complaints about the coin designs that were forced on him proved to be accurate. They were bringing in Medal artistis and sculputers to make coins and the problem was that coins and freezes are different medium. Barbar coins are handsom coins and the wear terrifically well. The Buffalo Nickle, Peace Dollar, St Augustin Double Eagle all suffered basic problems which Barber understood. Coin World this week has a very decent article on Barber patterns.

  11. Jason Hoffpauir

    Jason Hoffpauir World Coin Collector

    From what I read both the Barbers (father and son) did not like Mr. Morgan very much at all. It's funny because Morgan is credited for having designed the world's most popular coin. Things that make you go hmmmm.
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