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: $6.65 (5/24/2017)
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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1050 1625 2750 4150 12000 19500 21000 24500 30000 50000 57500 80000 115000 260000 535000 - - - - -
$ 13000 - - - 34000 - - - 167500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1203
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 65


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6/11/2017 VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1256/Lot# 3644


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3/8/2000 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 1281, 1281/Lot# 1474 $945.00
4/23/2007 NGC VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 136, 141/Lot# 768 $2,530.00
1/29/2012 PCGS F 15   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2470 $2,357.50
3/16/2014 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 167818 $909.33
1/7/2015 NGC VG 8   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 10212 $1,292.50
2/5/2015 PCGS G 6   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1615 $940.00
4/22/2015 PCGS G 6   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1219/Lot# 4367 $1,703.75
6/19/2016 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131626/Lot# 27096 $2,586.18


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1795 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15051725219028233345503561396408656468208900971510838118911554520791216502253427797392085625165531
15781880240129973908540362286460664975139171100891118913109172932107721944242883160044889593440
0000006228646066497513917110089111891310917293210772194424288316004488900
0000006318651267348206944310463115401432719042213632223926042354045057000
1795 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base158918182301295734965240637666536813707792111004711198122761601621374222502315228519401395746566890
16651979251931364077561864686706690177889489104301155713522178022166622550249413239245914606060
0000006468670669017788948910430115571352217802216662255024941323924591400
0000006560675969898499976810814119161476919588219582285126730362655168900
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 5035
Owner: goldsaint
 
Grade: VF 20
Points: 4004
Owner: goldsaint
 
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