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1794 50c Flowing Hair Half Dollar Overton 101A

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 Posted 10/28/2021  11:38 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Thoughts? Thanks!

Ron Guth: 1794 was the first year for of the Half Dollar denomination (for some reason, no pattern Half Dollars were made in 1792 even though the Half Dollar was a part of the official, coinage scheme). The mintage reported for this inaugural year was only 23,464 pieces, which was less than a tenth of the following year. Because this was a high-denomination coin, few "man-on-the-street" types ever saw this coin, assuming they even knew it existed. Thus, very few ended being preserved for future generations.

There are 11 different varieties for the year. The first 7 aren't too difficult to find but the last 4 are either R7 or R8 and nearly impossible to locate. Rumor is that a large hoard of app. 200 exists on the West Coast.




This one under a strong light.


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 Posted 10/28/2021  11:47 am  Show Profile   Check jacrispies's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice! And no adjustment marks either! I find the color a bit unusual.
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 Posted 10/28/2021  9:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Oldfordman to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks great. I Can't grade this one well though.
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 Posted 10/29/2021  12:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
the sharpness of the date, lettering, beading and leaves suggest an XF coin. weak strike (typical) on both sides. I cant see it less than VF35 and XF40 would not surprise me. does it grade straight? I dont care as its a cool coin but imo yes
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 Posted 10/29/2021  12:12 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm at VF-35 as well, Certainly a wonderful coin, though I find the coloring something of a distraction.
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 Posted 10/29/2021  3:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@panzaldi yes the coin was graded straight by NGC but as always I am here to hear your opinion about the grade. Thanks.
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 Posted 10/29/2021  9:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Greasy Fingers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Totally out of my realm of knowledge, I was thinking 15 to 20 but now reading the comments.....you got me...
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 Posted 10/30/2021  02:21 am  Show Profile   Check jacrispies's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I haven't studied the grades on this type, but I'll go with a VF-30.
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 Posted 10/30/2021  07:28 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Adam590 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
VF(20)?
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 Posted 10/30/2021  10:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Slider23 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am at VF30 plus or minus a grade. Hard to see the fine details from these photos.
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 Posted 10/30/2021  12:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Everyone seems clustered in the same neighborhood. Purchased it from Gerry Fortin who wrote this description:
First Year Issue, Late Die State, Choice Original Surfaces, Natural Gun Metal Gray-Blue Patina, Accurately Graded, Osprey Collection. First year of issue and Philadelphia mint half dollar production. Only 23,464 half dollars dated 1794 were struck. This example offered original surfaces that are covered with uniform gun metal gray-blue patina with gold highlights on the reverse. Struck from late die state dies and listed as Tompkins Die State 1/5. The die crack near S(TATES) creates shelf metal, and another crack joins (STATE)S to the leaf tip. Under a light source, the bluish gray patina transition to glowing gold and is most pleasing. The date, legends, and other peripheral design elements are strongly rendered, taking into account a normal amount of wear for the grade. Partial curl detail is visible on the obverse while the reverse eagle is moderately stronger with good wing feather definition. A ancient vertical line extends from the eagle's head to the berries below the A. Faint mint-made adjustment marks are noted on the obverse. Accurately graded and freshly reholdered. An important new GFRC offering from the Osprey Collection.

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Congratulations on a fine addition to your collection!
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 Posted 10/30/2021  1:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add numismatic student to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Coinfrog and to all who contributed your thoughts.
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 Posted 10/30/2021  9:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add luvmyCAM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow amazing they have even survived and an original non detailed at that! nice coin.
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 Posted 10/30/2021  10:27 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Greasy Fingers to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
After reading the write up I feel this coin should be viewed in hand...My address is.......

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 Posted 10/31/2021  11:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i think its undergraded but maybe thats why I dont work for a TPG. the high points on this coin are way better than a VF25 coin. my only thought is that they didnt like the eye appeal
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