|Half Eagle 1839 - 1861||Liberty Head 1839 - 1861|
|Diameter: 21.6 millimeters||
|Weight: 129 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: Christian Gobrecht|
The 1855-D half eagle is a scarce coin in all grades. The centers on most half eagles of this date have weakness on both obverse and reverse, but there are a few well struck exceptions. The rims are round and have a beveled appearance. Seawater UNCS are known. The surfaces are usually abraded and the luster is subdued and frosty in texture. Original, uncleaned specimens have coloration ranging from rose-gold to light orange-gold. Most specimens have below average eye appeal, but a few coins exist that have a very pleasing appearance. Roughly 180 coins survive with less than 2% being Mint State. The Duke's Creek Specimen is the finest known at PCGS Mint State 63.