1795 50C O-121 Y over Star (Regular Strike)

Series: Flowing Hair Half Dollars 1794-1795

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS XF40

PCGS XF40

PCGS VF35

PCGS VF35

PCGS #:
39256
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Weight:
13.48 grams
Mintage:
299,680
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 estimated grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade

Harlan P. Smith Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 5/1906 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1671 (as Raw MS64), $82,500 - D. Brent Pogue Collection

3 MS63 PCGS grade

“Prominent Philadelphia family” (per the following) - Lester Merkin 9/1968:25, $5,000 - Jimmy Hayes/RARCOA - Gary Carlson/Jay Miller - Midwest Collector - East Coast Collector - Vintage Auctions 8/1989:195 - Superior 10/1990:3653, $68,750 - Phil Flannagan Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2016:111, $176,250

3 MS63 estimated grade

Stack's/RARCOA/Akers 11/1995:1248, $22,000 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1001, $25,300

5 MS62 estimated grade
#1 MS65 estimated grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade

Harlan P. Smith Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 5/1906 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1671 (as Raw MS64), $82,500 - D. Brent Pogue Collection

#3 MS63 PCGS grade

“Prominent Philadelphia family” (per the following) - Lester Merkin 9/1968:25, $5,000 - Jimmy Hayes/RARCOA - Gary Carlson/Jay Miller - Midwest Collector - East Coast Collector - Vintage Auctions 8/1989:195 - Superior 10/1990:3653, $68,750 - Phil Flannagan Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2016:111, $176,250

#3 MS63 estimated grade

Stack's/RARCOA/Akers 11/1995:1248, $22,000 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1001, $25,300

#5 MS62 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

The 1795 Overton-121 Half Dollar is an unusual variety in which the Y of LIBERTY was punched over an existing star in the die. This variety is considered moderately scarce. Many 1795 O-121's are well struck, with several showing full hair and feather details. For instance, in 1968, Lester Merkin sold an example from an old Philadelphia Estate that ended up in Walter Breen's “Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins, 1722-1989” (New Revised and Corrected Edition, page 32) where he described it as “The solitary [Half Doillar] nearest to qualifying as a presentation piece for the year...Though this piece shows no mirror like finish in fields, it was carefully positioned and given two blows in perfect alignment. As a result, it appears exceptionally high relief…” This particular coin has since been certified by both NGC and PCGS as a Mint State piece (MS63), but among all 1795 Half Dollars it ranks as once of the best-struck. Another superlative example is the PCGS MS64 from the Pogue Collection, which also features an unusually strong strike.

LOT 1097 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar