Flowing Hair Half Dime, 1794-1795

Flowing Hair Half Dime, 1794-1795

Designed by: Robert Scot

Issued Date: 1794-1795
Composition: 0.8924 part silver and 0.1076 part copper
Diameter: 16.5 mm
Weight: 20.8 grains
Edge: Reeded
Total Business Strike mintage: 86,416
Total Proof Strike mintage: None

The obverse of the 1794-1795 Half Dime style portrays Miss Liberty with flowing hair, facing right, with LIBERTY above and the date 1795 below. Eight stars are behind her head and seven are in front. The reverse illustrates a delicate or small eagle perched on a cloud, within an open wreath, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounding. Denticles are around the border, as on all half dimes from this design forward. Curiously, neither this half dime design nor the following tow motifs bear a designation of denomination or value.

Of the two dates in which Flowing Hair half dimes were made, the 1795 is more often seen than 1794. Specimens of either date are typically encountered in grades from Good through Fine to Very Fine. Extremely Fine examples are elusive, and AU coins are rare. Uncirculated pieces are apt to be encountered only when great collections come on the market. Many pieces are found with a series of parallel lines or adjustment marks, produced at the Philadelphia Mint during the planchet preparation process. In keeping with other pieces of the era, the striking is apt to be inconsistent, and often one area or another will show some normal weakness.

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