|Half Eagle 1839 - 1861||Liberty Head 1839 - 1861|
|Diameter: 21.6 millimeters||
|Weight: 129 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: Christian Gobrecht|
The 1858-D half eagle is more common in high grades than the 1857-D. Most known examples are softly struck on the hair curls around the face on the obverse and on parts of the eagle on the reverse. The rims are round and have a beveled appearance. This date comes with surfaces that are abraded and planchets that are poorly prepared. Original, uncleaned 1858-D half eagles have an attractive orange-gold coloration. Most examples have poor eye appeal, but a few very choice coins exist that have superb eye appeal. Fewer than 150 coins exist with less than 8% being Mint State.