1795 50C 2 Leaves MS (PCGS# 6052)
The March 2012 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 4090
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1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar. O-117a. Rarity-4. MS-61 (NGC). With just two Mint State examples of the 1795 O-117 dies listed in the Autumn 2011 revision to Stephen J. Herrman's <em>Auction & Mail Bid Prices Realized for Bust Half Dollars: 1794-1839 </em>(both of which are examples of the O-117a die state), the importance of this NGC-certified Mint State coin should be obvious to all readers. Satiny and vibrant in finish, both sides of this piece are lightly toned in iridescent silver-apricot patina that appears to drift toward the borders. An expertly centered strike includes well defined denticulation as well as bold to sharp definition throughout much of the design. We do not see all that many abrasions in the context of the assigned grade. Additionally, clash marks in the right obverse field and a concentration of adjustment marks over the upper right reverse are as struck features. As well as its standing among other O-117/O-117a half dollars, this coin is important as a Mint State type candidate from the short lived Flowing Hair half dollar series of 1794-1795.<br />
<strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers<br />
</strong>If you are a variety specialist and enjoy early half dollars this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity. If not, it certainly is a rare opportunity, likely not to be repeated for a long time. Die varieties of the Flowing Hair type are fascinating to collect. Consider this piece carefully and bid accordingly.