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Flowing Hair and Draped Bust Half Dollar Die Varieties (1794-1807)

The first half dollars coined by the United States Mint were dated 1794, though the majority of these were coined early in the following year. Along with the more common 1795 halves, these two dates comprise the entire production of Flowing Hair half dollars.

The Draped Bust of Liberty devised for the silver dollar in 1795 was adapted to this denomination in 1796 and paired with the Small Eagle reverse. Used only for a few thousand coins dated 1796 and 1797, this design type was struck almost entirely in the latter year. No more half dollars were produced again until 1801. Coined in most years through 1807, these pieces featured the Draped Bust obverse paired with the Heraldic Eagle reverse (also called the Large Eagle reverse).

There are many 1794 - 1807 half dollar die varieties that collectors find desirable. Since many of the design elements required to complete a die were punched into it by hand, each die is readily distinguishable. The greatest number of widely-recognized die varieties in these early years are 1794 - 1795 half dollars and 1805 - 1807 half dollars.

NGC will assign Overton (O) numbers to all half dollars die varieties from 1794 through 1807. In Overton?s system, the first die variety listed is given the number 101, and each date begins anew with this number, followed by O-102, O-103, etc. Later die states within a single die pairing use suffix letters. For example, 1806 variety 104 is identified successively as O-104, O-104a or O-104b.

Below is a list of half dollar die varieties NGC recognizes by Overton number, beginning with 1794 half dollar varieties and ending with 1807 half dollar varieties. Access to the detailed pages of the half dollar die varieties you see below is part of NGC Collectors Society membership. Die variety detail pages contain population information as well as NGC database images for half dollar varieties, where available.

NGC also provides information on other half dollar varieties:

Early Half Dollar Varieties (1807-1821) | Early Half Dollar Varieties (1822-1828) | Early Half Dollar Varieties (1829-1836) | Reeded Edge Half Dollar Varieties (1836-1839) | Seated Liberty Half Dollar Varieties (1839-1891) | Barber Half Dollar Varieties (1892-1915) | Walking Liberty Half Dollar Varieties (1916-1947) | Franklin Half Dollar Varieties (1948-1963) | Kennedy Half Dollars (1964-Date)



Denom.MS/PFDateFee*NGC Label
50CMS1794 $15O-101
50CMS1794 $15O-101a
50CMS1794 $15O-102
50CMS1794 $15O-103
50CMS1794 $15O-104
50CMS1794 $15O-104a
50CMS1794 $15O-105
50CMS1794 $15O-105a
50CMS1794 $15O-106
50CMS1794 $15O-106a
50CMS1794 $15O-107
50CMS1794 $15O-108
50CMS1794 $15O-109
50CMS1794 $15O-110
50CMS1795/1795 3 LEAVES$15O-111
50CMS1795/1795 $15O-112
50CMS1795 A/E$15O-113
50CMS1795 A/E$15O-113a
50CMS1795 Y/STAR$15O-121
50CMS1795 Y/STAR$15O-121a
50CMS1795 S/D$15O-129
50CMS1795 S/D$15O-129a
50CMS1795 $15O-101
50CMS1795 $15O-102
50CMS1795 $15O-102a
50CMS1795 $15O-103
50CMS1795 $15O-103a
50CMS1795 $15O-104
50CMS1795 $15O-105
50CMS1795 $15O-105a
50CMS1795 $15O-106
50CMS1795 $15O-107
50CMS1795 $15O-107a
50CMS1795 $15O-108
50CMS1795 $15O-108a
50CMS1795 $15O-109
50CMS1795 $15O-110
50CMS1795 $15O-110a
50CMS1795 $15O-114
50CMS1795 $15O-115
50CMS1795 $15O-116
50CMS1795 $15O-117
50CMS1795 $15O-117a
50CMS1795 $15O-118
50CMS1795 $15O-119
50CMS1795 $15O-120
50CMS1795 $15O-122
50CMS1795 $15O-123
50CMS1795 $15O-123a
50CMS1795 $15O-124
50CMS1795 $15O-125
50CMS1795 $15O-126
50CMS1795 $15O-126a
50CMS1795 $15O-127
50CMS1795 $15O-127a
50CMS1795 $15O-128
50CMS1795 $15O-130
50CMS1795 $15O-131
50CMS1795 $15O-132
50CMS1796 15 STARS-O-101
50CMS1796 16 STARS-
50CMS1796 16 STARS$15O-102
50CMS1796 16 STARS$15O-102a
50CMS1797 $15O-101
50CMS1797 $15O-101a
50CMS1797 $15O-102
50CMS1801 $15O-101
50CMS1801 $15O-102
50CMS1802 -O-101
50CMS1803 LG 3 SM REV STARS$15O-101
50CMS1803 LG 3 SM REV STARS$15O-102
50CMS1803 LG 3 SM REV STARS$15O-102a
50CMS1803 LG 3 LG REV STARS$15O-103
50CMS1803 SMALL 3$15O-104
50CMS1805/4 -
50CMS1805/4 $15O-101
50CMS1805/4 $15O-101a
50CMS1805/4 $15O-102
50CMS1805/4 $15O-103
50CMS1805/4 $15O-103a
50CMS1805/4 $15O-103b
50CMS1805 $15O-104
50CMS1805 $15O-104a
50CMS1805 $15O-105
50CMS1805 $15O-105a
50CMS1805 $15O-106
50CMS1805 $15O-107
50CMS1805 $15O-108
50CMS1805 $15O-109
50CMS1805 $15O-109a
50CMS1805 $15O-110
50CMS1805 $15O-111
50CMS1805 $15O-112
50CMS1805 $15O-113
50CMS1805 $15O-113a
50CMS1805 $15O-114
50CMS1806/5 -
50CMS1806/5 $15O-101
50CMS1806/5 $15O-101a
50CMS1806/5 $15O-102
50CMS1806/5 $15O-103
50CMS1806/5 $15O-103a
50CMS1806/5 $15O-104
50CMS1806/5 $15O-104a
50CMS1806/5 $15O-104b
50CMS1806/9 -
50CMS1806/9 $15O-111
50CMS1806/9 $15O-111a
50CMS1806/9 $15O-112
50CMS1806 KNOB 6 NO STEM$15O-108
50CMS1806 KNOB 6 LG STARS$15O-105
50CMS1806 KNOB 6 LG STARS$15O-105a
50CMS1806 KNOB 6 SM STARS$15O-106
50CMS1806 KNOB 6 SM STARS$15O-107
50CMS1806 KNOB 6 SM STARS$15O-107a
50CMS1806 POINT 6 NO STEM$15O-109
50CMS1806 POINT 6 NO STEM$15O-109a
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-110
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-113
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-114
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-114a
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-115
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-115a
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-116
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-117
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-118
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-118a
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-119
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-119a
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-120
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-120a
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-121
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-122
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-123
50CMS1806 E/A WITH STEM$15O-124
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-125
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-125a
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-126
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-127
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-127a
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-128
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-129
50CMS1806 POINT 6 WITH STEM$15O-130
50CMS1807 DRAPED-
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-101
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-102
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-103
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-103a
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-104
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-104a
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-105
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-105a
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-106
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-107
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-107a
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-108
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-109
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-109a
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-110
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-110a
50CMS1807 DRAPED$15O-115


* In order to have the above varieties requiring the $15 fee designated by NGC, VarietyPlus service must be requested at time of grading. VarietyPlus service is also available for coins already encapsulated by NGC. For coins where the fee column is blank, no VarietyPlus charge is required to have your coin designated during grading. For coins marked $15, a $15 surcharge applies to the tier fee during grading, or a $15 fee applies to have the VarietyPlus designation added to any coin already graded and encapsulated by NGC.
References:
Overton, Al C. Early Half Dollar Die Varieties 1794-1836, 3rd Edition. Donald L. Parsley, Escondido, CA, 92025 (a 4th edition has been published, but the 3rd Edition is recommended)