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    High Grade and Pleasing 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar

    1795 50C 2 Leaves AU50 PCGS. O-119, R.4. Lovely light silver with luster in the protected areas of this example. The devices are well struck, and Liberty boasts strong definition on her cascading curls. The surfaces show minimal nicks or scratches as expected, but we do note rather moderate adjustment marks on the reverse. These adjustment marks reside along the rim and also on the eagle at the center, but are not that distracting to the unaided eye. Certainly in the Condition Census for the variety, and a very difficult type coin to find so well preserved in such a lofty grade.
    The 1794 and 1795 Flowing Hair half dollars were struck in very limited quantities. Apparently the designs were not well received by the public, and by late 1795 changes were authorized. A new style was first produced on the Draped Bust, Small Eagle silver dollar, which met with approval, and this design was adapted for the half dollar starting in 1796. Thus, a short-lived type coin was created by this change in design. Today, the Flowing Hair half dollar is highly popular and desirable, with Liberty herself capturing the free spirit pervasive during those early days of our democracy.
    From The Thomas Wolfe Collection, Part One.(#6052) (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24E7, PCGS# 6052)

    Weight: 13.48 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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    September, 2005
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    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato

    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato is the culmination of more than 10 years of research into the Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar series, one of the most coveted type coins in American numismatics and one about which remarkably little has been written.

    This work will be the premier reference for 1796-1797 half dollars for years to come. Institutions having an extensive numismatic library or coin cabinet will find it a valuable complement to their holdings, and catalogers charged with writing up specimens for auction can now have an indispensable source of background and pedigree information. Likewise, coin dealers seeking to purchase one or more '96 or '97 half dollars for a client or for inventory, and collectors who own, have owned, or desire to own one will want this important reference work for their libraries.

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