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    Lovely AU55 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar

    1795 50C 2 Leaves AU55 NGC. O-110a, R.4. Flowing Hair half dollars were the first design of the denomination, and were only struck bearing the dates of 1794 and 1795. Those dated 1794 are quite rare today, especially in high grades. The 1795 coinage are available more often, and in a wide range of grades, however, seldom in Choice AU as offered in the present lot.
    This example has mostly silvery-gray surfaces with wisps of gold and steel toning. The surfaces have numerous tiny abrasions as expected for a silver coin of this era, and the reverse has very light adjustment marks radially in from the border. This is a later die state, the "a" die state per Overton, with light parallel die cracks from border to border through TY of LIBERTY and the upper two stars at the right. We believe that this example is one of the five or six finest of this die variety.(#6052) (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24E7, PCGS# 6052)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


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    Auction Dates
    July, 2004
    20th-21st Tuesday-Wednesday
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