|Half Eagle 1839 - 1861||Liberty Head 1839 - 1861|
|Diameter: 21.6 millimeters||
|Weight: 129 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: Christian Gobrecht|
The first Liberty Head half eagle struck at the Dahlonega Mint with the mint mark below the eagle. The strike on most 1840-D half eagles is above average. The surfaces on this date like so many other Dahlonega coins have marks from circulation and mint-made planchet problems. Original, uncleaned specimens have coloration ranging from green-gold to orange-gold and luster that is frosty and attractive. Only a few 1840-D half eagles exist that have great eye appeal, and they demand a strong premium. There are two known die varieties (Narrow mill and Broad mill). Less than 140 coins exist with roughly 4% being Mint State.