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1840-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Obverse     1840-D Liberty Head Half Eagle Reverse


1840-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8198, 8199

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 22,896
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 22.5 millimeters (reduced to 21.65 millimeters later in the year)

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "D" (for Dahlonega, GA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Hancock & Harwell Rare Coins

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-62 (illustrated above).  Part of the famous "Duke's Creek" collection of Southern Gold coins as of October 20, 1999.

NGC MS-60.  Heritage 01/2004: 9012, $12,650.00, Narrow Mill

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 360, "Narrow Mill, Mintmark Above VE", illustrated, sold for $5,290.00 From Paramount's sale of August 1969, Lot 1884

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 361, "Narrow Mill, Repunched Date, Small Mintmark", illustrated, sold for $2,300.00  Purchased from Stanley Kesselman, October 13, 1967

EF-40, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6022, "Narrow Mill", not illustrated, sold for $1,207.50  From the Clyde Godfrey Collection

Notes:
The finest "Tall D" (as classified by PCGS) examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-62's. 

The finest "Small D" example graded by PCGS is a single AU-55.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service