The 1844-D is one of the more available Dahlonega half eagles in terms of overall rarity. But it is very scarce in Uncirculated and very rare in properly graded MS62. The highest graded is a PCGS MS64 (ex Chestatee) while the Duke’s Creek collection contains an NGC MS64.
This very well struck example (with uncommonly bold detail at the centers) shows nice natural medium green gold color and has virtually complete mint luster. There are a few small marks in the fields which are consistent with the assigned grade. Most importantly, this piece has not been dipped or lightened and the appearance is very pleasing.
The last two PCGS MS62 examples of this date to sell at auction brought $11,500 and $11,163, respectively, in 2010 and 2013. There have been five APR’s in MS62 since 2006 with a high of $14,663 in 2006.
This would be a perfect type coin for the collector who wishes to own a truly choice half eagle from the Dahlonega mint.