Coin Specifications

Category: Flowing Hair Half Dollars (1794-1795)
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: $6.89 (10/21/2019)
Diameter: 32.5mm
Edge: Lettered
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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: 9/27/2019

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1795 50C MS
Base $ 1150 1500 2600 4100 11000 15400 16350 21000 28500 45000 52000 80000 110000 260000 500000 - - - - -
$ 12750 - - - 33000 - - - 167500 275000 - - - -

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Total Graded: 1255
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
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: 10/8/2019 1795 50C MS
 3 %8 %22 %22 %23 %4 %5 %1 %1 %3 %4 %-1 %2 %1 %1 %0 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
1/23/2006 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 22488 $2,530.00
2/10/2008 NGC XF 40   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2153 $10,005.00
3/18/2012 NGC F 12   Teletrade Auction 3243, 3243/Lot# 1763 $2,357.50
8/2/2012 NGC VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(1), 1173/Lot# 3349 $1,527.50
10/7/2012 NGC VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/07/2012, 43/Lot# 65633 $1,667.60
11/2/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10473 $2,501.00
3/27/2015 PCGS MS 98   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5489 $822.50
10/28/2015 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98626 $37,600.00

NGC Registry

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