Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 48

Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction

Flowing Hair Half Dollars
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Lot 841
1794 Flowing Hair Half Dollar. . O-101, Rarity-3, 10 + 11 berries. NGC graded VF-25. A very pleasing example of our first flowing hair half dollar and evenly struck on a problem free planchet. Nicely toned in shades of greyish-violet and gold. A total 23,464 coins were struck.

This is the most available variety from this scarce initial year, and is a real reward for diligent searching as such. This is also a later die state, with a die break from the rim to the wreath between UNITED and STATES. The subvariety O-101(a), to which this piece belongs, is most easily distinguished by an additional die crack (as struck) on the reverse, with this die break extending from the rim through the F in OF, then turning upward at a sharp angle to just miss the outer berry, ending at the last S in STATES.

The O-101 marriage is now believed to be one of the final varieties of the 1794 half dollar to be coined, despite Overton's order of listing (PCGS # 6051) .
Estimated Value $22,000 - 25,000.
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Lot 842
1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar. . O-103. NGC graded AU-58
Well struck with some faint adjustment marks on the right obverse edge; all well concealed by the lovely natural greyish-silver toning. An intensely pleasing 1795 flowing hair half dollar, a coin with residual luster and a strike that is very close to complete, including full breast detail on the eagle. The natural color suggests that the present specimen spent much of its life in an old style album or coin collector's cabinet Pop 2; none finer of this variety (PCGS # 6052) .

Die diagnostics: The wreath has 10 berries in the left branch and just seven in the right branch. Only two of those berries appear beneath the right (facing) wing, one inside and one outside. No other reverse die in the series shares these characteristics. This is the early die state with minor cracks, but no evidence suggesting the later rim break on the reverse.
Estimated Value $25,000 - 28,000.
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