Flowing Hair Half Dollar Specifications

As required under the Mint Act of April 2, 1792, the Flowing Hair Half Dollars were struck with a composition of 89.24% silver and 10.76% copper. The coins have an approximate weight of 13.48 grams (208 grains) and a diameter of 32.5 millimeters. The edge of each coin reads “FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR” with small decorations between the words.

It must be noted that the weight may vary greatly from coin to coin, as a result of manual adjustments made to the planchets before striking. These types of adjustments may include adjustment marks to decrease the weight or silver plugs to increase the weight. The adjustment marks generally do not detract from the value of the coin, since they are considered part of the minting process. The coins with silver plugs are usually listed separately and might carry different values.

Virtually all Flowing Hair Half Dollars will be found weakly struck on both sides, most notably at the centers. Other common problems for the series include cleaning, dipping, and damaged surfaces, either recent or old. Finding a problem-free example with a sharp (not even full) details is difficult and might require considerable patience.