|Half Eagle 1839 - 1861||Liberty Head 1839 - 1861|
|Diameter: 21.6 millimeters||
|Weight: 129 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: Christian Gobrecht|
An extremely rare date half eagle in Choice About Uncirculated or better condition. Most known specimens grade Very Fine to Extremely Fine and have below average eye appeal. The obverse and reverse on this date always come weakly struck. Most specimens of this date have very weak mintmarks (sometimes almost invisible to the naked eye), but a few exist with strong mintmarks and they bring a big premium when offered. A majority of 1850-D half eagles have surfaces and luster that are well below average in quality. The very few original, uncleaned coins that exist have coloration ranging from green-gold to yellow-gold. Less than 160 specimens exist with only three known Mint State coins.