Here is the second of three coins that were among the highlights of
recent Platinum Night auction at the Central States Numismatic
Society convention in Illinois.
Beyond the top quality Stellas, another highlight was a 1794 Flowing
Hair half dollar graded Very Fine 25 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. that
sold for a strong $705,000.
The variety — Overton 109 — is unique in silver, although two copper
impressions from the die pair are known (both are impounded in museum collections).
Six obverse dies are currently known for 1794 half dollars, and the
obverse die used for this example is unique to the O-109 die marriage.
The offered coin was discovered by Robert P. Hilt, who cherrypicked
the variety sometime in the late 1970s, and its prior ownership
history remains unknown.
Heritage’s sale marked the first time that the unique coin had been
offered at public auction.
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