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    1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime, MS66
    Popular V-5, LM-8 Variety
    Ex: Gene Gardner

    1795 H10C MS66 PCGS Secure. CAC. V-5, LM-8, R.3. The two-year mintage figure of 86,416 pieces for the Flowing Hair half dimes reported in the Guide Book includes the far-rarer 1794 and the more available 1795 issue, some of those latter pieces dating back to an old hoard distributed in the 1880s by coin dealer W.E. Woodward. There are 10 known die varieties for 1795 and this coin represents the relatively available LM-8 variety, with star 1 quite close to the bottom curl, and the right edge of the upright of 1 centered over a dentil. On the reverse, the berries are arranged three left, four right, and there are no inner or outer berries underneath UN(ITED) and no berries under the wings.

    The 1795 Flowing Hair half dime has been a popular issue with collectors since the earliest days of the hobby and examples began appearing at auction as early as the A.C. Kline Sale (Moses Thomas & Sons, 6/1855), lot 259. Of course, prices realized were modest in those early days, but recent sales have seen remarkable increases for this issue. The current prices realized record belongs to the MS67 Prooflike NGC coin in lot 5547 of the Chicago Signature (Heritage, 8/2014) that brought $152,750.

    The present coin is a great representative of the Flowing Hair design type. Both sides display slate-gray central coloration with iridescent blue, lilac, and rose toning in the fields and near the border areas. The strike definition displayed by this conditionally scarce Premium Gem example is remarkably bold, with isolated instances of weakness seen on Liberty's eye, the eagle's central wing feathers, and the wreath stem directly adjacent to T in UNITED. Recutting is evident on 795 in the date. There are no unsightly adjustment marks, planchet problems, pinscratches, or abrasions noted on either side of this marvelous specimen. We expect intense competition from series specialists and Registry Set enthusiasts when this lot is called. Population: 11 in 66 (2 in 66+), 2 finer (8/15).
    Ex:Collections of Russell J. Logan & Gilbert J. Steinberg (Bowers and Merena, 11/2002), lot 1121; Eugene Gardner; Gardner Collection, Part II (Heritage, 10/2014), lot 98168 (as MS66 NGC, no CAC certification), realized $76,375. (NGC ID# 22ZV, Variety PCGS# 38592, Base PCGS# 4251)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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