1795 Flowing Hair Dollars : All Varieties

Early Silver Dollars

Mintage: 160,295
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: Robert Scot
Metal Composition: 89% Silver - 11% Copper

Diameter: 39.5 mm
Mass / Weight: 26.96 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar Varieties - Difference and Comparison
There were a few major varieties of the 1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar. The two most common varieties deal with the number of leaves under each of the eagle's wings on the reverse of the coin. Some varieties featured 2 leaves under each wing and the other features 3 leaves under each wing. The difference between the 2 Leaves vs 3 Leaves varieties is depicted above in the example comparison image.

The other very rare variety features a silver plug placed through the middle of the coin. Some coins from 1794 and 1795 began as silver blanks before being struck. These blanks were individually weighed in order for the coin to contain the legal amount of silver authorized. Pieces that were overweight had to be filed down until they met the weight standard. Other coins were weight-adjusted by placing an 8mm circular silver plug through the center of the planchet. Once the correct weight was established - then the blank would be struck by the dies and minted into a US dollar. These silver plugs can sometimes be very difficult to identify because the metal content is the same and the design was struck over them - so the blend in very nicely. Sometimes there is a very slight color difference and parts of the circular outlines of the plug are seen in the middle of the liberty bust portrait on the obverse and in the middle of the eagle portrait on the reverse of the coin. An example closeup image of a silver plug on both sides of the coin is depicted below:


Major Varieties:
1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar - 2 Leaves
1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar - 3 Leaves
1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar - Silver Plug

Coin value chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth in USD based on grade/condition
Very Good
Very Fine
Extremely Fine
About Uncirculated

MELT VALUE: $12.87

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