Early die state without the extensive obverse rust seen on many examples. The 1859-C is, along with the 1860-C, one of the most difficult Charlotte coins of this denomination, to find with good eye appeal. Due to faulty annealing and/or incomplete hubbing, these two dates have an odd "unfinished" look which is visible even on high grade coins. This example, while not "perfect," still has a far above-average look for the date with nice overall detail and lovely deep natural green-gold color on the obverse and reverse. There are a few scattered marks seen in the right obverse field. This ia ctually one of the best-looking circulated 1859-C half eagles that I can recall having seen in some time and if you collect this series in circulated grades, you'll appreciate the originality and eye appeal of this coin.