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

1795 50C O-121 Y over Star (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS XF40

PCGS F15
PCGS #:
39256
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:
$14,100 • NGC XF45 • 6-7-2015 • Heritage
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Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 estimated grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade

Harlan P. Smith Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 5/1906 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1671 (as Raw MS64), $82,500 - D. Brent Pogue Collection

3 MS63 PCGS grade

“Prominent Philadelphia family” (per the following) - Lester Merkin 9/1968:25, $5,000 - Jimmy Hayes/RARCOA - Gary Carlson/Jay Miller - Midwest Collector - East Coast Collector - Vintage Auctions 8/1989:195 - Superior 10/1990:3653, $68,750 - Phil Flannagan Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2016:111, $176,250

3 MS63 estimated grade  

Stack's/RARCOA/Akers 11/1995:1248, $22,000 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1001, $25,300

5 MS62 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 estimated grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade

Harlan P. Smith Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 5/1906 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1671 (as Raw MS64), $82,500 - D. Brent Pogue Collection

3 MS63 PCGS grade

“Prominent Philadelphia family” (per the following) - Lester Merkin 9/1968:25, $5,000 - Jimmy Hayes/RARCOA - Gary Carlson/Jay Miller - Midwest Collector - East Coast Collector - Vintage Auctions 8/1989:195 - Superior 10/1990:3653, $68,750 - Phil Flannagan Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2016:111, $176,250

3 MS63 estimated grade  

Stack's/RARCOA/Akers 11/1995:1248, $22,000 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1001, $25,300

5 MS62 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: The 1795 Overton-121 Half Dollar is an unusual variety in which the Y of LIBERTY was punched over an existing star in the die.  This variety is considered moderately scarce.  Many 1795 O-121's are well struck, with several showing full hair and feather details.  For instance, in 1968, Lester Merkin sold an example from an old Philadelphia Estate that ended up in Walter Breen's “Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins, 1722-1989” (New Revised and Corrected Edition, page 32) where he described it as “The solitary [Half Doillar] nearest to qualifying as a presentation piece for the year...Though this piece shows no mirror like finish in fields, it was carefully positioned and given two blows in perfect alignment. As a result, it appears exceptionally high relief…”  This particular coin has since been certified by both NGC and PCGS as a Mint State piece (MS63), but among all 1795 Half Dollars it ranks as once of the best-struck.  Another superlative example is the PCGS MS64 from the Pogue Collection, which also features an unusually strong strike.