1795 $1 B-5 BB-27 3 Leaves MS (PCGS# 39977)
The June 2013 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 2004
View the Original Auction
1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar. B-5, BB-27. Rarity-1. BB Die State II. Three Leaves. EF-45 (NGC). Handsome gunmetal-blue and gray throughout with the devices a trifle brighter providing nice contrast. The surfaces are smooth and free of any handling problems and the strike is sharp. Minor adjustment marks are found on the reverse, but they are thin and not too distracting. Although a plentiful die pairing, high grade, appealing examples like this are always in strong demand, as most technically strong survivors have been cleaned and finding a wholesome coin is much more difficult than many collectors realize. Desirable collector quality for the advanced type, date or variety specialist.<br />
These were minted essentially for just 12 months, with a small initial group dated 1794 in October of that year followed by the more available 1795 Flowing Hair style a few months later. However, the public and Mint officials decided to change the Flowing Hair design to the Draped Bust, Small Eagle style and these new style dollars first appeared in October of 1795. Thus the Flowing Hair design was retired and today represents one of the most sought after early federal issues.