Another year for which the mintages of Barber half dollars were high enough to keep them away from “semi-key” territory, 1911 offers many affordable options for coin collectors looking for inexpensive halves. Of course, that excludes Mint State pieces, which, as a rule, start very close the $700 for a decent uncirculated specimen. That also leaves out the proof 1911 Barber half dollar, which is not a necessary purchase for a coin collector who wants to assemble a basic date-and-mintmark set of business-strike Barber half dollars.
Below is a list of 1911 Barber half dollars, their mintages, and approximate values:
1911 – 1,406,000; $18
1911-D – 695,080; $18
1911-S – 1,272,000; $23
1911 proof – 543; $900
*Values are for coins in a grade of Good-4, unless otherwise noted.
Barber half dollars are popular among many coin collectors who specialize in U.S. coinage, silver coins, and 19th- and 20th-century coins, and are also commonly included in bullion portfolios. Barber half dollars were designed by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber, and are officially called Liberty Head half dollars, though have been all but renamed Barber half dollars by numismatists in honor of their namesake designer.