1848-D $5 PCGS VF25 CAC
This particular date is yet another example of why I believe Liberty Half Eagles to be one of the greatest places to find value for rarity. I would guess around 400 or so examples of the date and mintmark exist. All in all a pretty rare coin. Add in knowledge of how hard the issue is to come with choice fields and even a reasonable strike with eye appeal, and you can really take advantage of both market fickleness along with cherry picking fun.
While this particular piece has some typical softness of strike for the variety in the left obverse stars, the rest of the strike is great for the date. The reverse is strong as is typical, but this piece’s choice appearance and meaty details make it exceptional for the Dahlonega connoisseur. Fully XF on the reverse, I grade this coin closer to 35 and think the graders were a bit too focused on strike weakness when assigning a grade. Just a lovely piece. A VF30 CAC sold in the summer of 2020 for $2280 and while the color looked nice, the surfaces looked like it went through a meat grinder. And a VF25 CAC will bring at least $2280 at auction on March 26th at Stacks . Take a look at that coin and then back at this one. 24 in all grades certified by CAC. 2 in 25 with 22 higher.