1794 Flowing Hair Dollar – Ex. Amon G. Carter, Jr. Collection

Ex. Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Collection, Stacks, January, 1984, lot 207. A simply remarkable coin that’s finer by far than any other known example. Considered by B. Max Mehl (who sold the coin in the Will W. Neil Collection Sale in 1947) and Stack’s to be “The Finest 1794 Silver Dollar.” Stack’s, in its catalog description, was of the opinion that: “It is perfectly conceivable that this coin was the very first Silver Dollar struck!” That opinion is apparently shared by current numismatic experts as the coin was recently certified by PCGS as a Specimen striking with the grade of SP66.

Update: On January 24, 2013, Stack’s Bowers Galleries sold this specimen at auction as Lot #13094 of the Americana sale of the Cardinal Collection for a new world record price for any coin – $10,016,875 – eclipsing the previous record of $7,590,020 for a 1933 Double Eagle, set in 2002.

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