|Half Eagle 1839 - 1861||Liberty Head 1839 - 1861|
|Diameter: 21.6 millimeters||
|Weight: 129 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: Christian Gobrecht|
The 1839-D half eagle is very popular with collectors because of its rarity, the fact it was struck at the Dahlonega Mint, and the obverse location of the mintmark. A very important, distinct one year type coin. The typical obverse is weakly struck, while the reverse is always sharper and usually shows complete definition. Some specimens have both a strong obverse and reverse and they are worth a premium. Many 1839-D half eagles have planchet problems, circulation marks and poor luster, which makes eye appeal below average. The few high grade, original, uncleaned examples that exist have beautiful coloration ranging from green-gold to a rich yellow-gold. There are two known die varieties. Fewer than 160 specimens survive with less than 3% being Mint State.