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    1794 Flowing Hair Half Dime, MS61
    First-Date of Type, V-4, LM-4
    Late Die State With Interesting Die Breaks

    1794 H10C MS61 ANACS. V-4, LM-4, R.4. The 1794 Flowing Hair half dimes were the first five cent coins actually struck at the Philadelphia Mint, the 1792 half dismes being struck in John Harper's basement before the mint building was ready for service. A small mintage of 7,756 pieces was achieved, with four die varieties known for the date. The present coin is a representative of the LM-4 variety, characterized by the low date on the obverse and the three interior berries under the left wing on the reverse. The coins were not delivered until March 30, 1795, and it appears some examples of the LM-4 die marriage were actually struck after the LM-1 and LM-2 varieties of the 1795 dated half dimes.
    The coin offered here is an attractive Mint State specimen, with silver-gray, blue-steel, and golden-brown toning. Significant mint luster remains beneath the toning. The coin is well struck, but from a late state of the die. Extensive die breaks are evident, including one from the edge, through star 10, across the field to Liberty's nose, across the face, and into the hair. An even more dramatic break is seen on the reverse, from the edge, through D in UNITED and the wreath, and across the eagle's breast. This interesting and appealing example should inspire intense competition from type collectors, students of die varieties, and series specialists alike.(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 22ZT, PCGS# 4250)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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