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Lot 333

1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime. PCGS graded MS-65. This is certainly one of the finest known of this date, PCGS has graded 8 this high with just 5 graded higher, the better ones all MS-66. Well struck by the dies, but with localized weakness on a couple of the curls. We note satiny luster in the fields which combines with delicate blue and gold shades to present an old time type coin in wondrous condition.
Free of adjustment marks or any post mint problems, the surfaces are simply pristine in every way. Certainly one of the most important and valuable coins in the Benson Collection, and worthy of the finest collection of half dimes.
Although a common variety, few survive in full gem condition, and precious few survive even in mint state. As a variety, this die pairing also has the dubious distinction of being counterfeited by the spark erosion process. The counterfeits can be discovered by a telltale pit at the top of the 7 and are normally found in circulated grades. This coin is obviously an original, and has been held in Dr. Benson's collection for many decades.
Estimated Value $15,000 - 20,000.
Purchased by Dr. Benson on March 30, 1946 for $50.00 likely from Ira Reed or James Macallister.

Realized $46,000

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