Flowing Hair Dollar Specifications

Both years of the Flowing Hair Silver Dollar were struck on planchets with the composition specified in the Coinage Act of 1792. This consisted of a fineness of .8924 and a weight of 416 grains of silver. Because of the primitive methods of producing the planchets, the diameter differs from coin to coin, usually determined to be between 39 and 40 millimeters. Planchets were weighed before dollars were struck. Some were adjusted by filing or inserting a silver plug in the center of the blank.

The design for the coins by Robert Scot was broadly described under the Coinage Act of 1792. The obverse was to contain an image emblematic of Liberty with the inscription “Liberty” and year of coinage. The reverse was to feature the representation of an eagle with the inscription “United States of America”.

As with other early silver and gold coins, the denomination of the coin does not appear on the obverse or reverse. Instead the denomination is found on the edge of the coin.

Dates: 1794-1795
Mint Mark: none (Philadelphia)
Composition: 89.24% silver, 10.76% copper
Weight: 26.96 grams
Diameter: 39-40 mm
Designer: Robert Scot