The 1838-D Classic Head Half Eagle is the second of two branch mint issues of the series. Struck at the mint in Dahlonega, Georgia, the total production for the issue was 20,583. This represents the second lowest mintage for the short series.
The survival rate for this issue is higher than the 1838-C, and accordingly there are more frequent auction appearances. However, the impact of extensive circulation did take its tool and mint state examples of the coin are very rare.
The highest graded examples from the major grading services are MS63. An example graded as such by PCGS sold for $57,500 at an auction held in January 2011.