1861-D Liberty Head Half Eagle. Winter 47-GG, the only known dies. MS-63 (PCGS). Retro OGH. From the final year of coinage operations at this facility, and as an issue with an indelible link to the Southern Confederacy, the 1861-D is the most numismatically significant and desirable Dahlonega Mint half eagle. The offered coin, pedigreed to some of the most important numismatic cabinets ever formed, is one of the finest examples of the issue, and almost certainly the most famous. Visually appealing, the color is bright orange-gold with satiny luster throughout. Overall smooth surfaces as expected for the Choice Mint State grade, with strong eye appeal and a pleasing quality to the fields and design elements. The strike is better than average although diagnostic softness is evident on the hair curls over Libertys brow, the eagles left talon and the uppermost arrow feather. For identification there is a tiny diagonal nick on the bridge of Libertys nose and trivial marks on the obverse between stars 5 and 6, on the reverse in the field below the arrowheads.<p>This Mint State 1861-D half eagle rarity was once part of the Farouk, Norweb, and Bass cabinets, as well as the Green Pond Collection in more modern times. It is a beautiful and superior quality Dahlonega Mint $5 irrespective of date, and an extraordinary example of this historic and eagerly sought Southern gold issue. PCGS# 8290. NGC ID: 25VM. PCGS Population: 4; 0 finer. Ex King Farouk of Egypt; Sothebys sale of the Palace Collection, June 1954, lot 254; Ambassador and Mrs. R. Henry Norweb; our (Bowers and Merenas) sale of the Norweb Collection, Part I, October 1987, lot 868; Harry W. Bass, Jr.; our (Bowers and Merenas) sale of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part II, October 1999, lot 1137; Doug Winter and Lee Minshull, November 1999; Green Pond Collection; Heritages sale of the Green Pond Collection, January 2004 FUN Signature Auction, lot 1065; our (Stacks) Eliasberg and Krause Collections sale, March 2010, lot 1565; our Chicago ANA Auction of August 2011, lot 7686. The plate coin for the issue in the second edition of the Winter reference on Dahlonega Mint gold coinage.