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Lot 817

1794 Flowing Hair Half Dime. ANACS graded MS-61 LM-4, Valentine-4. Natural blue and golden colors. The Flowing Hair half dimes of 1794-95 were designed by Robert Scot, the chief engraver of the Mint. His design differed from that found on Birch's 1792 half dismes.

Scot's design features a head of Liberty facing to the right with distinctive flowing hair. Fifteen stars, arranged 8x7, surround the head with the date below and the word LIBERTY above. On the reverse, an eagle stands amid an olive branch with the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around it. There is no indication of this coin's value on either side, nor would there be until the Capped Bust design was adopted in 1829.

All of the 7,756 Flowing Hair half dimes dated 1794 were actually struck in March of 1795. The 1794 half dime is a scarce coin in any grade. In Mint condition it is very rare, though a group of a dozen or so extremely choice uncirculated pieces exist from a hoard found and dispersed around 1880.

A fully struck example with a deep overlay of wonderful iridescent toning as described above. Lustrous. Pleasing to the eye. Close examination reveals some radical die breakage across the obverse (diagnostic for this obverse) accompanied by extensive reverse breaks as well. Destined for a fine collection (PCGS # 4250) .
Estimated Value $12,000 - 13,000.


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