1795 50C 2 Leaves MS (PCGS# 6052)
The March 2013 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 2062
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The offered 1795 O-119 is an impressive example of this early Flowing Hair half dollar, a variety that is scarce in any grade and particularly so at the level offered here. The obverse design motifs are very well struck, for the date, while horizontal adjustment marks are noted from the left obverse field, extending onto Liberty's portrait. The eagle on the reverse is less well-defined, as is typically true for this early type. Both sides exhibit light, natural coloration and minimal surface marks or damage. Few true Mint State coins are known from this early period at the Mint, and those that approach that lofty grade also deserve considerable respect from numismatists. Known Mint State examples include the Norweb, Eliasberg and a third example we sold back in 2007 (Stack's). Another listed as Mint State-60 we (Stack's) sold in January of 2005, but each side had granularity and would likely grade with environmental damage or something similar. These particulars are well documented in Steve Herrman's <em>Auction & Mail Bid Prices Realized for Bust Half Dollars 1794 - 1839</em>. The present piece certainly seems to be among the top half dozen or so of the variety.