Coin Specifications

Category: Early Dollars (1794-1804)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 160,295
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 26.9600g
ASW: 0.7731oz
Melt Value: $17.75 (11/30/2020)
Diameter: 39-40mm
Edge: Lettered
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1795 FLOWING HAIR $1 MS obverse 1795 FLOWING HAIR $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

After October of 1794 the coining of silver dollars was suspended until the following spring. It was not until May that the U. S. Mint had its new and larger press ready for dollar coinage. Since the Mint's figure of 203,033 dollars coined during 1795 does not break down this production into the two different types dated 1795, this number is merely a starting point. In addition, it has been firmly established that dies were utilized until they failed, so that the date of any coin through about the mid 1830s does not guarantee that it was coined during that calendar year. Estimates by numismatists of the number of 1795 Flowing Hair Dollars coined range from 160,295 to as many as 290,000, depending on how one interprets the several deliveries made from coiner to treasurer. The bottom line is that the 1795 Flowing Hair Dollars are the only ones available to all but the wealthiest collectors, and they thus are in great demand as type coins.

Some 10 obverse dies were paired in various combinations with 11 reverses, and this resulted in a total of 19 die marriages. Two different head punches were used, the high relief Head of 1794 with its rounded bust point and the lower relief Head of 1795 with a pointed tip to Liberty's bust. Type collectors have shown little inclination to acquire both styles, but the various die marriages remain popular with specialist variety collectors. Rare varieties include BB-11, BB-12 and BB-2, while BB-15, BB-16, BB-17, BB-10, BB-23, BB-28 and BB-29 are considered very rare.

The "BB" numbers reference the Bowers-Borckardt book of 1993 and its successor volume published in 2013. Old School collectors still utilize the "B" numbers devised by Milferd Bollender for his 1950 reference book that was later updated by Jules Reiver. NGC applies both numbers for coins submitted under its VarietyPlus Service.

Several die marriages have been found with one or even two silver plugs inserted into the planchet prior to striking. Current thinking is that this was done to salvage underweight planchets that otherwise would have been destroyed, but no period documentation is known for such action. More commonly seen are irregular filing marks across either side of these coins to reduce overweight planchets within legal tolerance prior to striking. While a bit distracting, these adjustment marks are a by-product of the coining process and do not preclude numeric grading.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/31/2016

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1795 FLOWING HAIR $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2400 2850 4700 6250 15000 20000 23000 29000 39000 60000 67500 80000 162500 287500 550000 1075000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 335000 - - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1300
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 65

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1795 FLOWING HAIR $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base132710418944112412851416060115178116-----1296
----1--1--2----12-----7
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Total132710418944212412853416263115178128-----1307
 1%2%8%14%34%9%10%4%3%5%5%0%1%1%1%1%1%----- 
1795 FLOWING HAIR $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------31------4
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Total--------------31------4
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1795 FLOWING HAIR $1 MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18952417288536544157578363247008824791609918108671100911665147181757721304257380000
206925733141382246995963655274218551941310234109141122812683156711881922782257380000
000000655274218551941310234109141122812683156711881922782257380000
000000678078348856966510551109621144613700166242006224260257380000
1795 FLOWING HAIR $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17992302275434863984556360896753796088499588105151065311294142771707320723250690000
19672453299836524510573863107155825690959897105611086712288152091829022172250690000
00000063107155825690959897105611086712288152091829022172250690000
000000653275588553934210206106071108013283161411950623620250690000
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Grade: MS 63 PL
Points: 14718
Owner: FloridaFacelifter
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 8428
Owner: bill & jynx j.
 
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