Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 23,464
Catalog: KM-16
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $5.67 (8/31/2015)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: FIFTY CENTS OR A HALF DOLLAR
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1794 50C MS obverse 1794 50C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

The Mint began its production of silver coinage in October 1794 with the dollar. After the coining of approximately 2,000 dollars, however, it became apparent that the largest press on hand was not powerful enough to completely strike up the design. Mint Director David Rittenhouse thus decided that half dollars be struck while the Mint was making arrangements for the construction of a larger and more powerful press. According to Mint records, 5,300 Flowing Hair half dollars were delivered on December 1, 1794 under Warrant number 2. Then, according to a November 26, 2002 Numismatic News article by researcher Robert Julian: '... a key piece of machinery broke down and it was some weeks before repairs could be completed.' The next half dollar delivery occurred on February 4, 1795 with 18,164 pieces, per Warrant number 3. These were presumably dated 1794, giving the 1794 Flowing Hair half dollar a total mintage of 23,464 pieces. Julian estimates that between 250 and 350 specimens survive, most in 'well-worn condition.?

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/27/2015

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1794 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 335
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 63


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9/20/2015 XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1224/Lot# 3911
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5/31/2004 NGC VF 35   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 705 $13,800.00
9/12/2005 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 2091, 2091/Lot# 1621 $4,032.00
9/21/2005 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Signature Auction #384, 384/Lot# 3121 $8,625.00
2/28/2012 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4088 $46,000.00
8/2/2012 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5138 $44,062.50
10/18/2012 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 4271 $9,987.50
1/9/2013 NGC G 6   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1181/Lot# 4244 $5,581.25
10/12/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 218787 $3,275.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1794 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base40484141494257137638882493071018811141128931494415962163531695818289193752068835014483026783196903110679
4079440851996354803389859600105051172513576152831609216554174011865119812254633944354811775211014950
00000096001050511725135761528316092165541740118651198122546339443548117752100
00000098941082312309142601562216222167561784519013202503023843872613218721200
1794 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base42234319514459387917913496291053311509133021540016442168421746018819199282126935870493886922598718112681
4255459454086597832292999930108581210614001157471657517048179131918820375261364037656000790561033720
00000099301085812106140011574716575170481791319188203752613640376560007905600
000000102311118312704147001609416708172541836619558208223100344882626128888700
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