Olevian Numismatic Rarities
Late 19th to Early 20th Century American Coin Type Set
This classic 5-coin set features some of the most famous designs to ever grace United States coinage during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Each set includes one Indian cent, Liberty nickel, Barber dime, Barber quarter, and Barber half dollar minted between 1870 and 1916. The coins for this special offer were hand-selected by professional numismatists after screening thousands of collectible coins for quality and eye-appeal. They span a period beginning with the radical political and civil rights issues of post-Civil War Reconstruction, through the rapid economic growth and industrialization of the Gilded Age, and ending during the height of World War I. More than 100 years after their last mintage, these coins continue to be among the most beloved in American history.Housed in a luxurious mahogany-colored wood box lined in velvet and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, the coins are guaranteed to be both genuine and in average circulated condition commensurate with their age. Each set is uniquely assembled to order but will match the quality of the coins shown. On May 25th, 1857 the mint debuted a new small diameter cent, the Flying Eagle cent, which was the same size as our modern-day Lincoln cent. However, due to difficulties in production and issues with strike quality, this new cent was quickly abandoned and replaced by the Indian Head cent, which was minted through 1909. The obverse of the Indian Head cent features Lady Liberty wearing a Native American war bonnet— regarded by the public at the time as a decidedly unusual headdress for a female figure of otherwise neoclassical Greek form. The reverse originally featured an olive wreath, which was later changed to a wreath of oak and other leaves with a shield at the apex. Indian cents remained in circulation through the 1940s until increasing value and interest among coin collectors rendered them scarce by 1950. The Liberty Head nickel was the second 5-cent coin to be struck in that metal, following the Shield nickels of 1866-1883. When introduced in January of 1883, the reverse featured a Roman numeral V to indicate the 5-cent denomination. The inclusion of the word “cents” was never considered necessary, as the three-cent piece had circulated uneventfully for years with only Roman numerals. It quickly became apparent, however, that the omission of “cents” was a serious issue, as many people began gold plating the new nickels and passing them as five-dollar gold pieces, which had a similar size. The U.S. Mint ordered a design modification by June of 1883 to include the word “cents.” The Liberty nickel was produced in this fashion through 1913. Only 5 specimens are known to exist from this last year, making the 1913 nickel one of the most famous and coveted rarities in American numismatics. Indeed, one of these coins sold for over five million dollars in 2007! The coin set offered here is your opportunity to own a decidedly more modest but still interesting example of this important piece of American history.By 1891, the public had grown weary of the Seated Liberty coinage that had clinked in their pockets for over 50 years. Consequently, U.S. Mint director Leech instructed Chief Engraver Charles E. Barber to prepare designs for the coins that now bear his name. The result was a new Barber Dime, Quarter, and Half Dollar Trio rendered in a distinctly neoclassical Roman design that drew influence from contemporary French coinage circulating in Europe. The Barber obverse features Liberty, facing right, wearing an olive branch crown termed a pileus, as well as a headband inscribed with LIBERTY. The Barber dime reverse design shows a wreath encircling the denomination, like that of the Seated Liberty dime, but different from the Barber quarter and half dollar. The reverse of these two coins depict a heraldic eagle with shield, modeled after the Great Seal of the United States. It holds a scroll in its beak inscribed with E PLURIBUS UNUM as well an olive branch and arrows in its talons—symbolic of a peaceful nation but one that is poised for war. Above the eagle are 13 stars representing the original colonies, the name of the country, and the denomination. Barber coins were produced from 1892 through the middle of the first World War in 1916, except for the half dollar, which ended one year earlier. This famous trio was a staple in American commerce for generations until silver coins were mostly hoarded from circulation by the late 1960s.
Product number: 209738
Price: $95.00 USD