Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 81

The Pre-Long Beach Sale

Flowing Hair Half Dollars
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Lot 862
1795. O-116, Rarity-4. NGC graded MS-61. A decent strike on a problem-free planchet and loaded with frosty mint luster. The surfaces are overlaid with delicate violet hues deepening at the borders.

On this desirable and scarcer variety, most notable on the obverse is that UNITED is clash marked under star 8 and LIBE of LIBERTY. An additional die crack is from the milling to star 7. On the reverse (Reverse M), the berries are arranged 7-9, with 4 berries below the right wing, 3 inside, and 1 out. A leave is close below RI and points to the lower right tip of R. The left base of T and left base of R are embedded in the wings, while a center dot on the right wing is near the body. The milling is incused outside UNITED on this interesting variety, probably due to the clashing of the dies which injured the obverse die opposite this position. The significance of this Mint condition example for the Flowing Hair specialist should be emphasized.

After the small mintage in 1794, the Philadelphia Mint increased production markedly in 1795, when the half dollars coinage recorded 299,680 pieces. The 1795 mintage, which was 12 times larger, produced only three times as many die marriages -- 33. Since 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollars are more plentiful than the rare 1794 issue, this issue has become the obvious choice to represent the Flowing Hair, Small Eagle style. Pop 9; 41 finer.
Estimated Value $25,000-UP.
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Lot 863
1795. Overton-104, Rarity 4. ANACS graded VF-30. Nice old time toning. Extensive hair detail shows on Liberty, this being an actively collected Type as well as something that challenges the die variety specialists. Sleek antique silver finish which is darkest around the stars and legends but lightens to medium or light silver-gray inward from there. Outstanding rims with full dentils, smooth features and superior eye appeal for this grade.
Estimated Value $3,800 - 4,000.
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