1795 50C MS (PCGS# 6052)

The March 2012 Baltimore Auction

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    Stack's Bowers
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Lot Description
1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar. O-107. Rarity-5. MS-63 (NGC). The premiere type in the U.S. half dollar series, the Flowing Hair design was only minted for two years&nbsp;in 1794 and 1795. With a limited original mintage of 23,464 pieces, the first year 1794 is a widely recognized rarity among early U.S. silver coinage. This leaves the 1795 as the obvious choice for type collectors. While examples of the latter delivery do turn up with more frequency in numismatic circles than those of the 1794, we caution bidders that Mint State 1795 halves never remain on the open market for long. This is due, of course, to the popularity of high grade type collecting in the hobby.<br /> This appealing Choice BU example is the finest 1795 O-107 half dollars available to specialists (it is the first and only Mint State example of the variety pedigreed in the Autumn 2011 revision to Herrman's prices realized listing for Bust half dollars). Both sides are lightly patinated in golden-tan iridescence that appears to drift toward the borders. There is also plenty of intermingled brilliance, and it is perhaps these areas that allow the most ready appreciation of full, satiny mint bloom. Some prooflike tendencies are also evident in the reverse field, and both sides are free of all but a few wispy abrasions that do little more than define the grade. The strike is bold in most areas, and the eye appeal is expectantly strong for the Choice designation.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;There is considerable evidence of die erosion on the obverse that suggests that this coin is&nbsp;one of the later impressions from this die. A small, shallow planchet void (as struck) in the right obverse field is mentioned for pedigree purposes.<br /> <br /> <strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers<br /> </strong>What a lovely coin this is -- high grade, great eye appeal and, indeed, the <em>finest recorded example</em> of its die variety. If you are a specialist in early half dollars or simply wa
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