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Barber coins:  halves, nickels, dimes, and quarters

Welcome to the website for the Barber Coin Collectors' Society (BCCS).

The BCCS is a group of coin collectors that are interested in the coins designed by Charles E. Barber, Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint from 1879 to 1917. He is best known for his Liberty Head designs on the dime, quarter, and half, as well as the popular Liberty Head (or "V") nickel.

The purpose of this site is to provide valuable information and knowledge about Barber coins, details about the Society, and to make it easy for you to participate. Please explore the site, meet with us at major coin shows, and accept our invitation to join. See our new Brochure and Membership Application Form (PDF file, 1 mb).


Barber Halves Varieties Survey now underway!

The BCCS is conducting the second of four census surveys that will focus on varieties. The survey, like before, is open to the collecting public. You will have until January 31st to respond, and the results will be presented published in the Journal as well as published on this website. Click here to get started..

Recordings of BCCS Annual Meeting at the ANA

The video recordings made at the BCCS Annual Meeting are now available. To see the recordings of the meeting, please select the new Recordings of BCCS Meetings and Educational Programs page.

Upcoming meetings and/or Club Tables

  • CANCELLED Warren (Detroit), MI – Michigan State Numismatic Society Convention. Macomb Community College Expo Center, November 27-29. Club table.
  • Houston, TX – Houston Money Show, George R. Brown Convention Center, December 3-5. Meeting Friday 9:00 a.m., Room 370B, Educational program. Club table. Co-hosted by the Liberty Seated Collectors Club
  • Tampa, FL – FUN 2016, Tampa Convention Center, January 6-9. Meeting Friday January 8, 3:00 p.m. Club table.
  • Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Coin Show, Rothchild Catering, 8807 Kingston Pike, February 5-6. Club table, Educational.
  • Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Show, Metrolina Expo Center, February 12-14. Club table, Education.

Journal Debuts with New Format

Beginning with Volume 26, Number 2 (June 2015), the Journal of the Barber Coin Collectors' Society has a new format, which we believe is a significant upgrade from previous editions. The Journal is now printed on high-quality glossy paper, which brings out all of the fine detail in photographs, allowing larger and more impressive photos to accompany articles. This gives authors an enhanced publication to share their research and their knowledge. An easier-to-read font is also used inside the Journal to improve the reader's experience.

And most obvious, the front and back cover is now full color, allowing us to present an attractively-toned coin for the reader's first look at the publication. This year's coin is a beautiful 1909-O Barber Quarter, the very coin Dale Friend brought to the BCCS meeting at the FUN show in Florida some years ago. We hope the readers enjoy this new format, and we welcome feedback from our membership.

Annual Meeting Summary from the 2014 ANA

2014 marked the 25th Anniversary of the BCCS. ANA President Walter Ostromecki presented the club with a certificate marking the occasion. We reviewed some highlights from the past 25 years, and also noted the Gene Gardner sale, which includes some of the finest and most eye-appealing Barbers assembled.

              BCCS 25th Anniversary Certificate from the ANA

We announced the upcoming retirement of Secretary-Treasurer and Journal Editor Eileen Ribar. We formed a Transition Committee to put a more formal description of officer responsibilities, creating a slate of recommendations for moving forward and potential officer candidates. Eileen will stay in her roles until replacements are found. An fund-raising auction was held, including a 1914-S Barber Half that was counterstamped "BCCS 2014" and the color hardcover book on the Gene Gardner Collection of Barber Quarters.

The presentation materials from the 2014 Annual BCCS meeting are available here:

BCCS Annual Meeting 2014 (963 KB, PDF File).

BCCS President Phil Carrigan honored by ANA

At the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, IL, ANA President Walter Ostromecki presented the ANA President’s Award to BCCS President Phil Carrigan, for his long-term leadership in both the coin hobby, and the Barber Coin Collectors’ Society specifically. The plaque honors Phil, who has been President for most of the history of the BCCS. Congratulations Phil – well deserved, as it represents a commitment and contribution over many years!

Annual Meeting Summary from the ANA 2013

This year was the first year when we changed our meeting day from the traditional Saturday morning. It would seem our selection of Wednesday at 9:00 was an exceptional choice, as we had 23 attendees, which is the largest meeting in recent memory at the ANA. Many attendees had to leave before the group photo was taken (or declined to be in the photo), but it was a great gathering!

                      About half of the BCCS Annual Meeting attendees

Topics included the nearly 30% growth in membership over the last two years, thanks largely to the volunteers of the BCCS Regional Program. Other key topics were the upcoming 2014 Barber Halves Varieties Survey, the presentation of The Coins of Charles Barber at the ANA Summer Seminar Series by two of our members, Glenn Holsonbake and Mike Hayes. We wrapped up the meeting discussing ways to mark the BCCS 25th Anniversary next year, including the possible issuance of a commemorative medal.

The presentation materials from the 2013 Annual BCCS meeting are available here:

BCCS Annual Meeting 2013 (1.8 MB, PDF File).

Barber Quarters Varieties Survey results

Thank you to all who participated in the Barber Quarters Varieties Survey. The results were announced at our BCCS Meeting at the FUN show in Orlando. The results were also published in the BCCS Journal, and are now presented here for your reference.

The survey results may be found at this link: 2013 Barber Quarters Varieties Survey

Contemporary Counterfeits of Barber Coinage page debuts

We have just added a page to the website for contemporary, circulating, counterfeits of Barber coinage. These interesting items were not meant for fooling coin collectors, but rather deceiving merchants, by passing them off as spending money. Lead or similar other cast counterfeits are plentiful, but occasionally seen are some die-struck counterfeits in base metal rather than silver.

       Click here to view the Contemporary Counterfeits page

If you have some interesting counterfeits, you can send digital photos, and if possible, describe the counterfeit: composition (if known), weight, and estimated grade. You can send to the website at BCCS@barbercoins.org.


"How much is my coin worth?"

Tips on how to grade the various Barber Coins, along with approximate pricing guides are available. See the grading pages under each series.

Last updated: 2015 November 22

  Barber Coin Collectors' Society      --      Founded 1989      --      Email:   bccs@BarberCoins.org