David Akers (1975/88):
The 1828 with the so-called "normal" or "perfect" date is a classic U.S. gold coin rarity. In my opinion, it is slightly less rare than the 1828/7, and comparable to the legendary 1815. It is definitely more rare than the 1819, a date that has received more attention and notoriety over the years than the two varieties of 1828. I would estimate that approximately 12-15 specimens exist including 2 or 3 proofs. Of the non-proofs, most are uncirculated and several are gems. One specimen I have seen is an EF with initials removed from the field. The 1828 Half Eagles I have examined, including the gem that brought $92,500 at Paramount's Davies-Niewoehner Sale in 1975, have all been weakly struck on the hair curls around Liberty's face and the eagle's right wing.