1795 FLOWING HAIR H10C
1795 nearly witnessed the introduction of “Frankland” as the 14th state in the union. Frankland was recognized by 7 out of the 13 original states, but the 2/3 majority required for admission was not obtained. This 1795 half dime recalls the near creation of a state that was made up of parts of present day North Carolina.
The United States commenced Half Dime production in 1794 with the introduction of Robert Scot's Flowing Hair series. The Mint employed this design only through 1795, which means that the Flowing Hair Half Dime is important not only as the premier series of this denomination, but also as a short-lived, two-year type. Apparently, the federal government did not break down the mintage of this series by date, instead reporting a figure of 86,416 pieces for the type as a whole. Based on extant populations, however, numismatic scholars estimate that only 7,756 of these coins were dated 1794, with the balance of the mintage comprised of 1795-dated examples.