1840-D Tall D $5.00 PCGS VF30 CAC

The 1840-D half eagle is numismatically significant as the first date of this type to have the mintmark placed on the reverse. 1840 also saw a redesign of the obverse with the head placed differently in relation to the fifth and sixth stars as well as the neckline being less curved than in 1839. As a date, the 1840-D is quite scarce in all grades and it is seen far less often than any of the other dates of this decade except for the 1842-D Large Date. The present example appears undergraded and I personally think it is right on the border of the VF35/EF40 line. The surfaces are clean and problem-free with lovely deep, even green-gold color. A bit of dirt can be seen in the protected areas and the overall look is that of originality. A great coin for the new-to-the-market collector or the old-hand Dahlonega specialist who just appreciates affordable, original half eagles.

Ex Littlejohn Sale (Lot 575) where it sold for $2,070