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    1795 V-4, LM-10 Flowing Hair Half Dime, MS65
    Attractively Toned, Original Example

    1795 H10C V-4, LM-10, R.3, MS65 PCGS. CAC. It is a shame that today's collectors could not be polled when the Mint decided to "improve" the designs for circulating silver coinage. The Flowing Hair design was quickly abandoned, and it was soon replaced by the Draped Bust motif -- first on silver dollars in 1795, and then on all denominations of silver coinage starting in 1796. The current popularity of Flowing Hair coinage was not shared by either the public or the Mint officials of the day.

    Thankfully, the short-lived Flowing Hair type would be much more challenging for half dimes in Mint State if not for the LM-8 and LM-10 varieties. They are more readily available in Uncirculated condition than any of the other eight die pairs used to strike the 1795 issue. This example of the LM-10 variety shows an early die state, without the cud that forms at TY of LIBERTY, although the requisite die crack between Y and star 9 exists. Strong die clashing shows throughout the obverse fields, also suggestive of an early die state before die was lapped.

    Considerable eye appeal is the main attribute of this attractive, richly toned coin. Shades of ocean-blue, sea-green, and rose-gold bathe both sides. A sharp strike is a bit compromised by the usual weakness at the eagle's left (facing) wing and breast feathers, although the plumage is more complete on this piece than on many other high-grade specimens. A glass reveals several adjustment marks on Liberty's portrait, where crisscrossing file lines are most apparent on the chin and at the hair curl tips.

    Mint luster is glows softly beneath the patina, where the surface quality is undisturbed by any evidence of handling or post-mint marks. The coin offers tremendous visual appeal for an advanced type or series set. Population: 11 in 65 (1 in 65+), 12 finer (2/15). (NGC ID# 22ZV, Variety PCGS# 38594, Base PCGS# 4251)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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