|Half Eagle 1839 - 1861||Liberty Head 1839 - 1861|
|Diameter: 21.6 millimeters||
|Weight: 129 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: Christian Gobrecht|
One of the most common half eagles struck at the Dahlonega Mint in terms of number of coins known, but in high grade (Choice About Uncirculated or better) it becomes a rare coin. The obverse and reverse on the majority of 1852-D half eagles are weakly struck and show an overall mushy appearance. The lack of luster and surfaces that are heavily abraded are the reasons that most specimens have below average eye appeal. On the few original, uncleaned examples that exist coloration ranges from green-gold to orange-gold and bring a premium. Seawater UNCS (gold coins recovered from wrecked ships; these typically show no wear, but surfaces are granular or porous) are known of this date. These coins are discounted in value because of this, but are still an interesting collectable piece of United States history. Two die varieties are known. Roughly 260 coins still exist of this date with less than 4% being Mint State.