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Obverse of 1843-D Half Eagle     Reverse of 1843-D Half Eagle


1843-D FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS Nos: 8215, 98215

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 98,452
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: ±21.65 millimeters

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 Superior Galleries

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63.  Heritage 01/2004: 9016, $16,675.00, Medium D, Variety 10-H

NGC MS-63, Large D Mintmark.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 704, illustrated, sold for $20,700.00

MS-60.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 381, "Small D", illustrated, sold for $2,645.00  From Abe Kosoff's sale of November 1968, Lot 848

NGC AU-58.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 705, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00

PCGS AU-53 (illustrated above).  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "North Georgia Collection" Sale, January 1999, Lot 7685- Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 816, "Small D", sold for $2,012.50

AU-50.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 382, "Small D", illustrated, sold for $1,725.00  Purchased from Don Dethlefsen, October 30, 1972

NGC AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 511, "Small D", illustrated, sold for $1,725.00

VF-20.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1367, illustrated, sold for $862.00

VF-20.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1368, illustrated, sold for $690.00

Notes:
The finest "Medium D" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64.

The finest "Small D" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-61.

Varieties:
Medium D
Small D

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