David Akers (1975/88): This is one of the three or four most common D Mint Half Eagles and although the average specimen is only VF or EF, a fair number of AU's are known as well as a small quantity of uncirculated specimens, several of which are very choice. (One of the choice pieces, the Bareford specimen, brought $17,500 in December 1978.) Most specimens are softly struck on the hair curls and parts of the eagle and are very weak at the denticle. A number of "salt water uncs" are known, but such specimens are only worth EF or AU prices.
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