|Half Eagle 1839 - 1861||Liberty Head 1839 - 1861|
|Diameter: 21.6 millimeters||
|Weight: 129 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: Christian Gobrecht|
The 1848-D half eagle is a scarce coin in Very Fine to Extremely Fine condition and becomes a rarity in grades of About Uncirculated and better. Half of the surviving specimens of this date are very weakly struck on both obverse and reverse and the other half are average to well struck. The surfaces are usually abraded and the luster is average and frosty in texture. The few original, uncleaned specimens that exist have coloration ranging from green-gold to orange-gold. Examples with good eye appeal demand a strong premium. Less than 165 coins of this date survive with less than 4% being Mint State.