U.s. Mint Guard Badge 1st Issue 1870-1920s
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U.s. Mint Guard Badge 1st Issue 1870-1920s:
VERY RARE 1870-1920s U.S. MINT GUARD BADGE. THIS WAS THE 1st ISSUE THUS VERY RARE ONLY ABOUT 7 KNOWN. THERE ARE TWO VERSIONS OF THIS RARE BADGE. THE EARLIER VERSION WAS DOUBLE DIE STRUCK MALE AND FEMALE DIES, ON A VERY THIN PLANCHET. THERE ARE ONLY 2 KNOWN OF THAT VARIETY.
THIS BADGE IS ON A SINGLE DIE STRUCK PLANCHET, THICK SOLID BACK ABOUT 7 KNOWN.
THIS BADGE WAS DESIGNED AND THE DIES CUT BY THE CHIEF ENGRAVER CHARLES E. BARBER WHO DESIGNED AND ENGRAVED THE DIES FOR THE BARBER COIN SERIES, DIME, QUARTER AND HALF DOLLAR THAT WAS STRUCK AT THE U.S. MINT 1892-1916. AN EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE BADGE IS ON DISPLAY AT THE PHILADELPHIA U.S. MINT MUSEUM.BUYER PAYS PRIORITY POSTAGE AND INSURANCE.NO PAYPAL ON THIS ITEM.WIKIPEDIA:Charles Edward Barber(November 16, 1840 – February 18, 1917) was anEnglishEngraver and the sixthChief Engraverof theUnited States Mintfrom 1879 until his death in 1917.
Although Barber's coins were met with mixed reviews, he had a long and fruitfulcareerin coinage, designing most of the coins used at the mint during his time as Chief Engraver. Barber did fullcoindesigns and also reverse designs.
Barber was born inLondonin 1840, the son ofWilliam Barber. In 1869, he was an assistant engraver at the United States Mint.In 1879, he succeeded hisfather, in the position as chief engraver. Barber's best-known designs are the eponymous "Barber"Barber dime,Barber quarter, andBarber half dollar, as well as the so-called "V"Liberty Head nickel.
Some lesser knownpattern coindesigns by Barber include the trial copper-nickel cent, trial three-cent piece, and the $4Stella"Flowing Hair" pieces. Citing the impracticality of the design, he was strongly critical ofAugustus St. Gaudens' proposedhigh reliefpattern for a newdouble eaglein 1908, and tried hard to stop them being produced.Barber was succeeded as Chief Engraver byGeorge T. Morgan.