1794 Flowing Hair Half Dollar

The 1794 Flowing Hair Half Dollar was the first year of issue for this two-year type coin, and by far the rarer of the two dates. Virtually the entire mintage of 23,464 coins was placed directly into circulation after being struck, which makes uncirculated specimens rarities.

A relatively high number of die varieties exist for such a small mintage, indicating that the Mint had many problems producing the number of coins desired. All of the ten die varieties that are known are similarly priced.

While not as popular as the larger silver dollars of the same year, when an example of the 1794 Flowing Hair Half Dollar appears at auction, it tends to attract considerable attention from both novice and advanced collectors alike.