|Half Eagle 1839 - 1861||Liberty Head 1839 - 1861|
|Diameter: 21.6 millimeters||
|Weight: 129 grains||Fineness: .900|
|Edge: Reeded||Designer: Christian Gobrecht|
The 1857-D half eagle is a rare and undervalued coin in grades of Choice About Uncirculated or better condition. It is generally softly struck on the obverse (on the hair curls around the face) and reverse (on parts of the eagle). The rims are round and have a beveled appearance. Many half eagles of this date have impaired planchets and surfaces that are abraded. Original, uncleaned specimens have attractive orange-gold coloration and luster that is usually satiny with a grainy texture. Most 1857-D half eagles have poor eye appeal, but a few exist with very good eye appeal and they are worth a premimum. Fewer than 150 coins survive with less than 4% being Mint State.