1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime. LM-10. Rarity-3. AU-53 (PCGS). OGH. An attractive and original example with considerable luster glowing around the devices. Toned in appealing slate-grey hues with autumnal iridescence in the protected areas. The surfaces are largely smooth and without distracting abrasions, though adjustment marks streak vertically across Libertys portrait. A softness is noted at the eagles wings as is typical for the variety. Struck from the latest known die state, the obverse exhibits a pronounced cud break at the border outside the letters TY in LIBERTY and star 9.Half dimes were the first denomination struck by the United States Mint. After the "small beginning" of half dismes in 1792, the next issue of half dimes came a couple of years later with the Flowing Hair type designed by Robert Scot. While the dies for the 1794 half dimes were ready by years end, they were not put into service until 1795. All told, 86,416 Flowing Hair half dimes were struck, of which 78,660 were dated 1795. In 1796, the obverse was replaced with the Draped Bust motif.With Libertys distinctive flowing hair and the delicate small eagle on the reverse, this design type has long been a favorite among devotees of early American coins. Demand among type collectors has remained steady over the years and has put pressure on the 1795-dated pieces. The denomination saw heavy use in commerce and the vast majority of specimens are found at lower circulated grade levels, and many of these are damaged or with as-made adjustment marks. With problem free AU surface, this little numismatic jewel would serve well in an advanced variety or type collection.