|Half Eagle 1839 - 1861||Liberty Head 1839 - 1861|
|Diameter: 21.6 millimeters||
|Weight: 129 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: Christian Gobrecht|
The 1853-D is the most common Dahloneaga half eagle. Most specimens are found in Very Fine to Extremely Fine condition, but many examples survive in high grade also. Seawater UNCS are known. Usually specimens of this date are softly struck on the hair curls (obverse) and parts of the eagle (reverse) and are very weak at the denticles. A few are strong struck and are sought after by collectors. The luster is usually very attractive and can be found either frosty or satiny, with a few semi-prooflike coins known. Original, uncleaned high grade 1853-D half eagles have beautiful coloration ranging from orange-gold to medium green-gold. It is possible to find a specimen with great eye appeal, thus this date is very popular with type collectors. Four die varieties are known. Fewer than 350 coins survive with less than 6% being Mint State.