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    1861-D Half Eagle, Choice AU
    Natural Color, Singular Key Date
    Only 1,597 Coins Struck

    1861-D $5 AU55 NGC. Variety 46-JJ. The Annual Mint Director's Report of 1861 noted: "At the branch mint at Dahlonega, the deposits received, up to the 28th day of February, A. D. 1861, were $62,193 05; the coinage, $60,946; and the number of pieces, 13,442. No report has been received from this branch since the day last named." That was because the facility had been taken over by the Confederacy in April. Of the number of pieces struck, 1,597 were 1861-D half eagles. This represents the ultimate key issue in Dahlonega coinage, along with the gold dollar struck that year. Winter writes: "When available, it is seen in Very Fine to Extremely Fine grades. It is seldom offered for sale in About Uncirculated and most of the examples in this range grade About Uncirculated-53 to About Uncirculated-55." Roughly 75 to 85 coins are thought to exist.

    Coloration is natural -- a rare quality -- with shades of red and khaki-gold. Most stars show at least partial radial lines, and the eagle's feathers and olive leaves are bold. A scuff above the eye and a mark in the field below OF are the only singular flaws. Lightly peppered marks are essentially unimportant. Census: 7 in 55, 16 finer (2/18).(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# 25VM, PCGS# 8290)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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