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SERIES: Flowing Hair Half Dollars 1794-1795
LEVEL: Minor Variety or Die Variety

1795 50C Overton 123 (Regular Strike)


VF30 estimated grade
Image courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions
PCGS #:
39239
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
13.48 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
299,680
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$18,400 • NGC VF35 • 1-1-2006 • Heritage
 
10
10,000
1
20
20,000
25
24,500
30
27,500
63
150,000
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 estimated grade  

Stack's 1/1992:571 - Stack's 11/1994:873 - American Numismatic Rarities 7/2005:1146, not sold

2 VF30 PCGS grade  

J.J. Teaparty, sold privately in 3/1985 - Jules Reiver Collection - Heritage 1/2006:22503, $18,400 - Stack’s 1/2009:397, $20,700

2 VF30 estimated grade (XF details, bent)  

Alpine Coins, sold privately in 8/1977 - Bayside New York Collection - Heritage 7/2008:389, $6,325

3 VF25 estimated grade  

Michael Summers, sold privately in 1/2004 - Westmoreland County Collection - Heritage 1/2008:2844, $25,300

5 VG10 PCGS grade  

Michael Summers, sold privately in 2/2005 - Westmoreland County Collection - Heritage 1/2008:1339, $16,100

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 estimated grade  

Stack's 1/1992:571 - Stack's 11/1994:873 - American Numismatic Rarities 7/2005:1146, not sold

2 VF30 PCGS grade  

J.J. Teaparty, sold privately in 3/1985 - Jules Reiver Collection - Heritage 1/2006:22503, $18,400 - Stack’s 1/2009:397, $20,700

2 VF30 estimated grade (XF details, bent)  

Alpine Coins, sold privately in 8/1977 - Bayside New York Collection - Heritage 7/2008:389, $6,325

3 VF25 estimated grade  

Michael Summers, sold privately in 1/2004 - Westmoreland County Collection - Heritage 1/2008:2844, $25,300

5 VG10 PCGS grade  

Michael Summers, sold privately in 2/2005 - Westmoreland County Collection - Heritage 1/2008:1339, $16,100

6 Net VG8 estimated grade (F details, repaired)  

Robert Hilt Collection - Liberty USA Collection - Heritage 4/2015:4359, $13,512.50

Ron Guth: The O-123 1795 Half Dollar is the second or third rarest die variety of the year (a lot depends on whether the O-118 actually exists).  Estimates of the surviving population range from nine to twelve examples.  In his Spring 2015 listing, Steve Herrman shows 11 appearance of O-123 and O-123a, though there are some duplcations there. 

O-123 is rare because of the early failure of the reverse die which quickly cracked through the final S of STATES through OF, eventually leading to a chunk of the die falling off, rendering it useless (Heritage 1/2008:1339 shos this massive failure).

Most examples of the 1795 O-123 variety are low grade or impaired.  There is one standout, however -- an NGC MS65 that last appeared on the market in 2005.