1794 marked the first year of the half dollar denomination in the Philadelphia Mint and many examples of the 1794 Flowing Hair half dollar are either the Overton 101 or O-101a varieties as listed in Al C. Overton’s book Early Half Dollar Varieties 1794-1836.

Heritage offered one of the best examples of this sexier O-104 expire marriage on Jan. 21 in Dallas, where it traded hands for $7,200. Graded Professional Coin Grading Service Genuine, Streak Removed, Extremely Nice Details, Heritage noted that it had been previously housed in an Around Uncirculated Details Numismatic Conservation Services holder. Heritage added that some luster remains from the protected areas.

The cataloger reports that a Mint-made parallel planchet modification marks are seen on the reverse, adding,”as minted is that the partially retained lamination, which is the diameter of the T in LIBERTY and descends diagonally from the rim into Liberty’s forehead.”

Heritage concludes,”The coin continues to be inoffensively cleaned to reduce the visual effect of the flan flaw.” The firm notes on its attractive attributes,”The sea-green and rose-red peripheral toning is pleasing, and post-strike abrasions are incidental.”

The coin had sold double in 2014, for $6,462.50 and $7,637.50.


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