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The 1838-D half eagle is among the most popular Dahlonega issues. It is the first half eagle struck in this mint and the only issue that employs the Classic Head design. It appears that some were saved as first-year-of-issue souvenirs, as it is slightly more available in higher grades than one might expect. An estimated 40-52 AUs are known in addition to six to eight Uncirculated pieces.
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