A fine coin that has survived from this modest issue of 72,574 pieces. Noteworthy here are the reflective fields and contrasting frosted devices which boast strong visual appeal. Surface quality is high and approaches a superior level with minimal bagmarks scattered over the devices and fields, none particularly deep or detracting, and the frosted devices served well to blend in what little contact occurred. The strike is exceptionally sharp for this date and mint, with good separation on the upper curls of Liberty although her lovelock on her neck is a trifle soft, as well as the eagle's neck opposite, but sharper on the eagle's thighs and claws than commonly seen.
The Charlotte Mint focused their production efforts on the quarter eagle and half eagle gold denominations, as these were the most needed for circulation. Perhaps they did not have a coining press large enough to strike up eagles or after 1850, the large double eagles. Gold mines near the Charlotte and Dahlonega Mints brought in bullion to be coined locally as the shipment to the Philadelphia Mint at the time was still fraught with danger of robbers and bandits. No silver or copper coins were produced at these two branch mints as the raw metal was likely not nearby. Human beings through recorded history have struck coinage from whatever metals are available, with the primary choices being copper, silver and gold, other metals are incorporated as alloys to strengthen planchets or remain part of the natural ore mined to be turned into coinage. This prized Charlotte half eagle represents the high water period for this mint when production and quality levels were high, and political tensions had not yet overwhelmed this region. (PCGS 8251) Brilliant Uncirculated, prooflike