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Flowing Hair Dollar

The Flowing Hair Dollar is a silver dollar coin issued by the United States government, equal to 100 cents. Flowing Hair Dollars were only minted in 1794 and 1795. The coin is named for the incarnation of Liberty on the obverse with free flowing hair. The coin's obverse and reverse were designed by Robert Scot.

Specifications

  • Obverse Design: Lady Liberty with free flowing hair
  • Reverse Design: A Bald Eagle surrounded by a wreath
  • Edge: Text saying "HUNDRED CENTS ONE DOLLAR OR UNIT"
  • Weight: 26.96 grams
  • Diameter: 39 or 40 millimeters
  • Composition: 89.25% Silver, 10.75% Copper
  • Silver Content: 0.7737 ounces

History

The Flowing Hair Dollar is the first silver dollar of the United States. It was minted in the second year of the United States Mint's operation. The coin only lasted two years and had a series mintage of about 162,000 coins. It was replaced in mid-1795 by the Bust Dollar.

Like many early coins of the United States Mint, the Flowing Hair Dollar has many varieties.

In modern times, these dollars have become very collectible, and collectors will pay great premiums for high-grade examples.

Mints

All coins were minted at:

References

  • Yeoman, R.S. A Guide Book of United States Coins Atlanta: Whitman Publishing, 2004
  • Edler, Joel and Harper, Dave U.S. Coin Digest Iola: Krause Publications, 2004

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