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    1795 Early Half Dime, V-5, LM-8, MS66
    Marvelous, Conditionally Scarce Specimen

    1795 H10C V-5, LM-8, R.3, MS66 NGC. This 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.

    Variety: V-5, LM-8, R.3. Star 1 is quite close to the bottom curl, and the right edge of the upright of 1 is centered over a dentil. Star 1 shows two points, one in between star 1 and star 2, the second in between star 2 and star 3. Star 9 is distant from the Y in LIBERTY. 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. Inner and outer berries appear under the first T in STATES.

    Population Data (7/14): Somewhat surprisingly, considering the primitive machinery and working conditions under which these coins were produced, NGC and PCGS have each graded a dozen examples -- of the date, regardless of die variety -- at MS66 and MS67 combined (9 in MS66 and 3 in MS67 at PCGS; 7 in MS66 and 5 in MS67 at NGC). NGC has also seen one remarkable piece graded MS67 Prooflike. None are rated numerically higher than MS67 at either service.

    Heritage Commentary: 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.

    Provenance: Collections of Russell J. Logan & Gilbert J. Steinberg (Bowers and Merena, 11/2002), lot 1121. (NGC ID# 22ZV, Variety PCGS# 38592, Base PCGS# 4251)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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