All Draped Bust Half Eagles were struck from a composition of gold, silver and copper. Per the Mint Act of 1792, these should consist of .9167 gold and .0833 silver and copper, with the latter in various proportions. They have a diameter of 25 mm, although some variety is seen on these handmade planchets.
The given weight for each coin is 8.75 grams or 135 grains, although some variation is possible. Adjustment marks, to modify the weight of the planchet before striking are frequently found, especially on the earlier issues, but do not have an influence on the grade. Striking quality varies, but virtually every known example will display at least some weakness in the centers.
As the composition of the planchets varied from delivery to delivery, various toning is possible, but most will fall between orange-yellow and green-gold. Original examples are rare, and should be considered to be of premium quality, when they still have their original surfaces.