- Jan 31, 2013
You are venturing out from the halls of bullion land in through the walls of numisville.
Although gold half eagles started in the 1700s, I consider 1840 to be the true starting year for this series, when the diameter was set to 21.6 mm. Since I am trying to get one coin in each decade, I am now looking for coins in the 1840s, 1850s, and 1860s--just 3 more coins, but they will come at a higher premium, even if I settle for VF or XF graded coins.
Trying to get all mint marks in this series is even more challenging, with coins from many old mints like New Orleans, Charlotte, Carson City, and Dahlonega (it is interesting how the D mint mark was used for two different cities). I will leave that goal to the more ambitious collectors.