The graffiti is a small "X" cut into the field below the eagle's beak and touching the edge of his wing. Natural copper-gold color with a bold strike and no other impairments than light wear. It is entirely likely that the "X" was imparted by a person who was asked to accept this half eagle in payment, given the number of counterfeits out in circulation at the time, accepting a copper base gilt counterfeit would set someone back a months wages or so, hence all caution was worthy of undertaking when a coin like this was offered. If indeed the core had been copper, the fraud would have been discovered, in this case only gold was present and life went on. AU Details.