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Half Eagle 1839 - 1861 Liberty Head 1839 - 1861
Diameter: 21.6 millimeters
Weight: 129 grains Fineness: .900
Edge: Reeded Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Mintage: 22,896

The first Liberty Head half eagle struck at the Dahlonega Mint with the mint mark below the eagle. The strike on most 1840-D half eagles is above average. The surfaces on this date like so many other Dahlonega coins have marks from circulation and mint-made planchet problems. Original, uncleaned specimens have coloration ranging from green-gold to orange-gold and luster that is frosty and attractive. Only a few 1840-D half eagles exist that have great eye appeal, and they demand a strong premium. There are two known die varieties (Narrow mill and Broad mill). Less than 140 coins exist with roughly 4% being Mint State.


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