|Half Eagle 1839 - 1861||Liberty Head 1839 - 1861|
|Diameter: 21.6 millimeters||
|Weight: 129 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: Christian Gobrecht|
The 1843-D half eagle is the second most common Dahlonega half eagle, trailing only the 1853-D. The strike is usually well above average. Original, uncleaned specimens have frosty luster and coloration ranging from yellow-gold to coppery orange-gold. Eye appeal on this date is only average because the surfaces have detracting marks from circulation and mint- made planchet flaws. There are two known die varieties. More than 285 examples exist with less than 3% being Mint State.