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1794 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6051

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 23,464
Proofs: none

Designer: Robert Scot

Diameter: 32.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 89.2%
Copper - 10.8%

Weight: 208 grains (13.5 grams)

Edge: Lettered - FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR (various ornaments between words)

Mintmark: None (all dates of this type were struck at Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Varieties (10):
I. Lowest Curl at Second Star
   A. Normal truncation line
      1. 21 Reverse Berries 10-11
          Overton 106 - Very Rare
          Overton 108 - Very Scarce
      2. 18 Reverse Berries 9-9
          Overton 105 - Very Scarce
   B. Looped truncation line
          Overton 110 - Extremely Rare
II. Lowest Curl at First Star
      1. 21 Reverse Berries 10-11
          Overton 101 - Very Scarce
          Overton 107 - Rare
      2. 19 Reverse Berries 9-10
          Overton 104 - Rare
      3. 18 Reverse Berries 9-9
          Overton 103 - Rare
      4. 17 Reverse Berries 9-8
          Overton 102 - Very Rare
      5. 17 Reverse Berries 8-9
          Overton 110 - Extremely Rare

Notes:
The finest 1794 Half Dollar graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

Significant examples:
See individual varieties

Recent appearances:
See individual varieties

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Early Half Dollar Die Varieties 1794-1836", Third Edition, by Al C. Overton and Don Parsley

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service