Flowing Hair Half Dollars

In recent years, the half dollar has all but disappeared from the channels of American commerce, becoming almost irrelevant to the nation’s coinage system. That’s a far cry from the role it played in America’s formative years, when it had a significant function and carried exceptional weight. Its importance was underscored by the fact that in 1794, when United States silver coinage began, the half dollar was one of the first three denominations to be issued in that metal, along with the silver dollar and half dime.

Coinage in general was slow to get under way at the nation’s first mint in Philadelphia. Congress passed the law authorizing the U.S. Mint and spelling out coin denominations and specifications on April 2, 1792—but the first copper coins didn’t go into production until 1793, and more than two full years went by before the first silver coins emerged.

Part of the delay resulted from complications inherent in settin.... (Expand Text)

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1794 FLOWING HAIR 50C AU53

VERY CHOICE FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE. WELL STRUCK WITH WELL PRESERVED PLANCHET.
$75,000.00

1794 FLOWING HAIR 50C AU58

FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE. ONLY 5 GRADED HIGHER AT NGC.
$195,000.00

1794 FLOWING HAIR 50C VF20

0-105A. FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE. ONLY 23,464 STRUCK.
$18,950.00

1794 FLOWING HAIR 50C XF40

FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE. ONLY 23,464 STRUCK.
$32,500.00

1794 FLOWING HAIR 50C XF45

FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE. VERY SHARP XF.
$45,000.00

1794 FLOWING HAIR 50C, OVERTON 101 XF40

FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE. WELL STRUCK.
$35,000.00

1795 FLOWING HAIR 50C MS61

VERY CHOICE SPECIMEN. O-124.
$45,000.00

1795 FLOWING HAIR 50C MS61

ONLY 299,680 COINS STRUCK.
$45,000.00

1795 FLOWING HAIR 50C MS62

CHOICE, LOVELY TONED SURFACES. TWO LEAVES. O-105a.
$54,500.00

1795 FLOWING HAIR 50C, 2 LEAVES VF30

TWO LEAVES. OVERTON 117.
$3,950.00

1795 FLOWING HAIR 50C, OVERTON 113A A OVER E IN STATES AU55

A OVER E VARIETY. O-113. JUST 4 GRADED HIGHER.
$20,950.00