|Half Eagle 1839 - 1861||Liberty Head 1839 - 1861|
|Diameter: 21.6 millimeters||
|Weight: 129 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: Christian Gobrecht|
The 1856-D is a rare and underrated date within the Dahlonega half eagle series. This date becomes very rare in Choice About Uncirculated or better condition. The strike on most 1856-D half eagles is average, with surfaces that are marked from circulation and have mint-made planchet flaws (laminations, etc.). Original, uncleaned specimens have coloration ranging from rose-gold to orange-gold and luster that is frosty in texture. Many examples have below average eye appeal, but a few sharply struck, original specimens with attractive luster exist and they are worth a strong premium. The rims are round and have a beveled appearance. Seawater UNCS are known. Fewer than 140 specimens exist with 17% being Mint State.