|Half Eagle 1838||Classic Head 1838|
|Diameter: 22.5 millimeters||
|Weight: 129 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: William Kneass|
A major type coin within the "D" Mint series, like the 1839-D quarter eagle and the 1839-D half eagle, the mint mark is on the obverse of the coin. The first year a coin was struck at the Dahlonega, Georgia Mint, thus very popular among collectors. The 1838-D is the only Classic Head half eagle struck at the Dahlonega Mint. Many 1838-D half eagles have circulation marks which are very detracting. The strike most often is well defined and above average on both obverse and reverse. Original, uncleaned specimens have frosty luster and coloration that ranges from orange-gold to green-gold. Fewer than 275 specimens exist with less than 3% being Mint State.