2017 Smithsonian Barber 1877 Half-Union 1 oz Proof Silver Medal

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1 oz .999 fine silver. Medals come in mint-issued capsules.


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2017 Smithsonian Barber 1877 Half-Union 1 oz Proof Silver Medal

This 1 oz silver medal was minted using a pattern intended for a proposed U.S. coin known as the Half-Union. These were to be $50 gold coins that would be issued for circulation, although they were primarily wanted by banks in California needing an easier way to transfer money. This medal recreates the original design and features a beautiful proof finish. Its production was authorized by the Smithsonian, and it was released at the 2017 Denver ANA Show. A mintage limit of only 2,500 pieces was imposed.

Half-Union Design

The designs on this medal were created by William Barber. Liberty is depicted on the obverse. The intended date of 1877 can be seen here along with 13 stars.

An impressive bald eagle design is displayed on the reverse. The silver content and face value are also inscribed there. To each side of the eagle, there are inscriptions indicating its release at the 2017 Denver ANA Show.


  • 2017 Smithsonian Barber 1877 Half-Union 1 oz Proof Silver Medal.
  • Contains 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver.
  • Minted with a mirrored Proof finish.
  • Medals come in a capsule.
  • Limited mintage of only 2,500.
Product ID: 2100120170
Year Released: 2017
Origin: Private Mint
Metal Composition: Silver
Face Weight: 1 troy oz
Standardized Weight: 1 oz
Purity: 0.999
Diameter: 39 mm


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