Estimated grade. Ex. French's Sale (1955) Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98 Price realized $4125
Don Willis: Any 1794 half in XF or better is scarce. Most come damaged or in low grade. With only 3 coins in mint state and 3 in AU58 the mystique of this first year issue grows even stronger when you are holding a high grade example in your hands. There are 11 different varieties for the year. The first 7 aren't too difficult to find but the last 4 are either R7 or R8 and nearly impossible to locate. Rumor is that a large hoard of app. 200 exists on the West Coast.
F.C.C. Boyd Collection - Numismatic Gallery “World’s Greatest Collection” 4/1945:2, $210 - Jimmy Hayes Collection - Stack’s 10/1985:50, $55,000 - Stack’s 10/1989:693 - RARCOA, sold privately in 3/1993 - Douglas L. Noblet Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:1, $288,500 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1095, $763,750
Reed Hawn Collection - Stack’s 8/1973:1 - Queller Family Collection - Stack’s 10/2002:1, $195,500
Richard B. Winsor Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 12/1895:598 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/7/1997:1660, $77,000 - Dale Friend Collection
Stack's "Empire Collection" 11/1957:1264 - John R. Gregg, Jr. Collection - Stack's 1/2004:3303, $132,250 - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:544, $195,500 - Simpson Collection