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    1794 Flowing Hair Dollar, VF Details
    B-1, BB-1, The Only Known Dies

    1794 $1 B-1, BB-1, R.4 -- Plugged, Improperly Cleaned -- NGC Details. VF. This exact coin is pictured on page 199 of the Martin A. Logies reference, The Flowing Hair Silver Dollars of 1794. There, the coin is described as the H.G. Brown specimen, which was sold in a Lyman H. Low auction of October, 1904.
    In the best of circumstances, it is difficult to locate a 1794 Flowing Hair dollar that is completely problem-free. This example is net-graded by NGC for the obvious repair of a hole at E of LIBERTY, with re-engraving of the E and possibly the surrounding letters. A light cleaning is noted -- now balanced by reasonably attractive dove-gray toning that deepens slightly near the borders. The surfaces are microgranular -- a likely side effect of the cleaning.

    While the coin in this lot is not perfect, but it does possess the inimitable charisma of a 1794 dollar and it is one of perhaps 150 survivors from a scant mintage of 1,758 pieces. Typical of the issue, the striking definition along the lower left obverse periphery is uneven. Stars 1, 3, and 4 are discernible if not complete, and only star 2 is totally absent. All four digits in the date are readily evident despite a little softness of detail at 17. The TED in UNITED and STATE in STATES are more or less absent, an often-seen result of misalignment of the reverse die. The other design features are at least present and there is bolder definition in the protected areas of the obverse portrait and reverse eagle. Scattered circulation marks are not particularly noteworthy given the VF designation. As a mid-grade survivor of this fabled numismatic rarity, the present coin offers pleasing overall definition and represents a bidding opportunity worthy of careful consideration.
    From The George S. Edwards Collection.


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2016
    6th-11th Wednesday-Monday
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