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Lot 332

1794 Flowing Hair Half Dime. PCGS graded MS-64. As we start with the Half Dimes from this famous collection, we simply want to say that this is one of the finest collections of half dimes ever auctioned. Many coins have illustrious pedigrees, and the quality is superb. Most dates and major types are included, and this collection will long be remembered for its spectacular toning and outstanding quality.
This 1794 is perhaps the finest known of the variety, is it a point better than the lovely coin auctioned by Bowers and Merena in the Eliasberg Sale, 5/96:885 listed as MS-63. The strike is typically weak for the variety, with localized softness on the lower curls of Liberty and above the left wing of the eagle, while the balance of the coin is sharp. Deep blue and gray toning around the periphery, with glowing red rose hues at the centers. Blazing luster in the fields, and we note minor hairlines which are scarcely visible, even with a glass. This coin is simply stunning, and the surfaces are outstanding. PCGS has graded 7 this high, with 6 graded higher, of the date.
Estimated Value $15,000 - 20,000.
From the Benson Collection and purchased on February 8, 1945 for $66.00 from Macallister.

Realized $31,050

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