Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 299,680
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.8920
Weight: 13.4800g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.68 (9/19/2017)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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1795 50C MS obverse 1795 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Though the first delivery of half dollars during 1795 was from dies dated 1794, the remaining deliveries dated with the current year were generous enough to make this a collectable type coin. Most of the 1795 half dollars were coined from dies having a master bust with just a single line to mark the truncation of Liberty's portrait. A few of the dies feature an additional curve below the truncation line, mimicking the appearance of a bust cut in stone. This second portrait is referred to as either the Small or Narrow Bust, though few collectors seek it as a separate sub-type of the primary design.

A total of 19 obverse and 22 reverse dies are known to have been used in various combinations, resulting in some 32 die marriages for the date. Just a single reverse is found with three leaves under each wing in place of the usual two (Overton-111). This reverse is paired with an obverse having a boldly doubled date, that same obverse die being used also with O-112. The rarest die marriages are O-118 and O-132, both of which have been reported but remain unconfirmed in recent years. Several other marriages are rated Rarity-6 (13-30 known), though the number of persons attempting completeness for this date is limited.

Most collectors seek only a single piece for their type sets, and examples grading higher than Very Fine are scarce. Most 1795 half dollars will fail to achieve numeric grades, due to improper cleaning, damage or holing for suspension and, in many cases, repairing of the holes. Another impairment, though one that does not preclude numeric grading, is the presence of adjustment lines. Planchets found to be over the legal weight tolerance were filed across their faces until meeting the proper weight, and these deep lines frequently remained after the coins were struck.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/18/2015

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1795 50C MS
Base $ 1050 1625 2750 4150 12000 19500 21000 24500 30000 50000 57500 80000 115000 260000 535000 - - - - -
$ 13000 - - - 34000 - - - 167500 - - - - -

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Total Graded: 1217
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 65

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7/25/2005 NGC F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #47, 52/Lot# 491 $1,782.50
1/9/2008 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 1335 $10,350.00
2/28/2012 NGC G 4   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3228 $782.00
4/8/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Teletrade Auction 3255, 3255/Lot# 1890 $1,950.00
11/15/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1190/Lot# 33415 $129,250.00
11/15/2013 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1190/Lot# 33534 $5,287.50
1/26/2014 NGC VG 10   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1132 $1,704.00
10/12/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 209927 $1,800.00
4/22/2015 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1219/Lot# 4349 $822.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1795 50C MS
1795 50C MS Prooflike
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 5035
Owner: goldsaint
Grade: VF 20
Points: 4004
Owner: goldsaint
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