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02 Jun 2017

Two of my Flowing Hairs!

Coins-United States | Coinlover1899

Here are two of my Flowing Hairs! The flowing hair dollar is my first one, I recently purchased it at the Vegas Coin Show. The coin has light graffiti on the obverse that says "JBT", but still in fairly decent shape for 1795! It is a tad off center, making one side of the coin's rim almost nonexistent. It is of the 3-leaf variety. Probably in VG condition. Possibly cleaned. For those of you who haven't held a flowing hair dollar, they are bigger than your regular morgan! It weighs 26.2 grams, and has a diameter of 39-40 mm. The flowing hair dollar was minted from 1794-1795, it was the first US dollar coin. In 1795, it was succeeded by the draped bust dollar, which is not quite as sought after as this one. I am quite excited with this acquisition! The edge reading reads, "HUNDRED CENTS ONE DOLLAR OR UNIT." I collect early silver and copper, so this is an incredible coin to add to my collection!

On the other hand, the 1793 Wreath Cent is my third of the type. It is my second nicest one, but my first raw one. It has a leaf counter stamp on the obverse. I can't see anything on the edge to identify it as the vine and bars edge or the lettered edge variety. The reverse is non-existent, it is HEAVILY worn! It has a tad of environmental damage. It is the second type for the 1793 large cents. The first being the chain which is quite rarer and more valuable, the second being the wreath cent, and the third being the highly coveted 1793 liberty cap. I haven't weighed  this one, but on average, they weigh 13.48 grams and have a diameter of 26-28mm. You can find most of these on the east coast, due to the gold rush. Followed by the wreath cent, is the liberty cap large cent which is the rarest of the 1793 types. Although very inexpensive in the 1794, 1795, and 1796 years, they too are highly coveted. I will post some of my liberty caps later.

I have always loved flowing hairs, especially the wreath cent and chain cent. They have always excited me, especially when they are in lower grades! My first flowing hair I ever bought was a corroded 1795 liberty cap in a very low grade. I bought it at one of the first few coin shows I ever attended. I hope to post some more of my early stuff, such as my liberty caps and stuff like that! I hope you enjoyed my long drawn out post (which happens to be my first one). See you next time! 



Level 7

Pointers this is done he will not get back.


Level 5

Nice pics, and coins!


Level 5

Nice pictures, thanks for sharing.


Level 6

Those are historical coins. You have 2 treasures. So they are worn. That means they did the job they were created to do. Wonder who spent the coins & what they bought?

Pliny The Elder

Level 5

WOW. I never knew they were so large. Love the photos, and I love this country and it's early coinage and history. Thanks for the blog posting.


Level 5

Those are some beauties. We always like it when you share pictures.

Interesting coins. Those are way older than any American coin I own! Thanks for sharing.

There's something about a early silver dollar that's well worn...they just squeeze out a little bit more of history I suppose. I'd be tempted to caress it instead of slabbing it.


Level 6

Welcome to the ANA! It's a great web-site! Your early American coins are beauties...I'd love to own a chain cent. : )


Level 4

Very cool - The early american types are so great - Thanks for showing part of your collection - those are tough to come by any way you slice it


Level 7

Welcome to the ANA and the greatest hobby in the world. I hope you enjoy yourself there's a lot to be offers here. Very nice coins. Just remember collect what you like and enjoy your coins.

Conan Barbarian

Level 5

no matter what condition they are in it is still amazing and wonderful to own


Level 5

Welcome and Thanks for this interesting post. Especially glad to see photos.


Level 6

Very nice coins, anything before 1800 is hard to come by, regardless of grade.

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