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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

1856-D
Mintage: 19,786

The 1856-D is a rare and underrated date within the Dahlonega half eagle series. This date becomes very rare in Choice About Uncirculated or better condition. The strike on most 1856-D half eagles is average, with surfaces that are marked from circulation and have mint-made planchet flaws (laminations, etc.). Original, uncleaned specimens have coloration ranging from rose-gold to orange-gold and luster that is frosty in texture. Many examples have below average eye appeal, but a few sharply struck, original specimens with attractive luster exist and they are worth a strong premium. The rims are round and have a beveled appearance. Seawater UNCS are known. Fewer than 140 specimens exist with 17% being Mint State.

PCGS MS 61


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