|Half Eagle 1839 - 1861||Liberty Head 1839 - 1861|
|Diameter: 21.6 millimeters||
|Weight: 129 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: Christian Gobrecht|
The 1845-D is very similar to the 1844-D in the number of specimens known to exist. The strike and surfaces on most 1845-D half eagles are average in quality. Original, uncleaned specimens have great coloration that ranges from green-gold to intense orange-gold with coppery overtones. A few high grade specimens exist that have great eye appeal, but most don't. Less than 300 coins exist with fewer than 3% known in Mint State. David Bowers recently descovered a new variety obverse die with the back of the 5 slanted forward instead of upright.