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    1795 Flowing Hair Dollar, MS61
    Head of 1794, Three Leaves, B-7, BB-18
    Exceptional Color and Luster

    1795 $1 Flowing Hair, Three Leaves, B-7, BB-18, R.3, MS61 PCGS Secure. Bowers-Borckardt Die State I. The Philadelphia Mint encountered grave difficulties when they tried to strike silver dollars in 1794, because the largest available screw press was not designed to strike coins larger than half dollars. Accordingly, silver dollar production was delayed in 1795, until a larger press could be built and installed. This was accomplished by May 6 of that year, when the first delivery of 3,810 1795-dated Flowing Hair dollars was recorded. Once production began, it continued on a large scale. The Mint went on to strike 160,295 Flowing Hair dollars before switching over to the Draped Bust design later in the year. It is possible that some 1795 dated coins were struck in later years, if the dies were still serviceable. Q. David Bowers believes this is the case, based on the number of survivors seen today. It is easy to accept that argument for the Draped Bust coins, but it seems less likely that the Flowing Hair dies would be used in later years. One of the finest examples of the BB-18 was struck with a silver plug and acquired by an agent of the Lord St. Oswald directly from the Philadelphia Mint in 1795, proving that the BB-18 was struck in that year.

    A total of 10 obverse and 11 reverse dies were used to strike 1795 Flowing Hair dollars, with 19 different die varieties known for the date and type. The coin offered here represents the BB-18 variety, the only variety with 14 berries in the wreath on the reverse. The BB-18 also displays the Head of 1794, with a rounded bust tip, and three leaves under each eagle's wing. This was the final use of the obverse die, which was used earlier to strike the BB-16 and BB-17 varieties of this date. The reverse die was later used to strike the BB-19 variety. The BB-18 was recognized by numismatists at least as early as November of 1881, when Captain John W. Haseltine listed an example as lot 84 in his Type Table (Haseltine designated the variety as H-7):

    "1795; No. 7; Wide date; lower curl is very small and perfect and touches point of the star; hair terminates in six points; lower star on the right is partly under the bust; rev., heavy wreath with 14 berries, 7 on either side; has also the three leaves under each wing of the eagle; very fine; very rare variety."


    The coin sold for $6.35, a strong price at the time. Although later numismatists have determined the variety is only somewhat scarce, rather than very rare, the BB-18 sells for many multiples of that price today. Recent sales include the MS65 ★ NGC example in lot 5123 of the Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2015) that realized $423,000.

    The present coin is a delightful Mint State specimen, well-centered and well-detailed, with some faint planchet adjustment marks on the obverse. The peripheral devices are strongly impressed, but a touch of softness shows on Liberty's hair and ear, possibly because the adjustment marks were difficult to strike out. The pleasing surfaces show only minor signs of contact and display attractive shades of lavender-gray and greenish-gold toning, with vibrant mint luster shining through the patina. Over all eye appeal is terrific.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24WZ, Variety PCGS# 39973, Base PCGS# 6852)

    Weight: 26.96 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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