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The Type of 1840 eagle boasts a completely new obverse from that used on 1838 and prior 1839 issues. The most noticeable difference between the two types is the tilt of Liberty's head, on the Type of 1838 star 6 is located directly above Liberty's coronet, while on the Type of 1840 the coronet points directly at star 6. Liberty's bust is rounded on the Type of 1838, and more pointed on the Type of 1840. Of the two types of eagles minted in 1839, this is easily the rarer. It has roughly half the mintage of its predecessor, and about as many have been certified by the major grading services in total as the Type of 1838 has examples graded in Mint State alone. Indeed, the current near-Mint piece has to be considered among the finest available to collectors. Breen called the 1839 Type of 1840 'prohibitively rare AU,' while Akers states that it is 'very rare in any condition and most known specimens are VF or EF.'
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