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Obverse of 1847 Half Eagle     Reverse of 1847 Half Eagle


1847 FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8231, 8232

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 915,981
Proofs: 1 known

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) above the date

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Varieties:
1847 over 7

Significant examples:
Proof.  National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

"Gem Uncirculated" (illustrated above).  Ex - Colonel E.H.R. Green - Palace Collection of Egypt sale (King Farouk of Egypt), Lot 251 (along with 12 other coins) - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "The John Jay Pittman Collection", October 21-23, 1997, Lot 981, illustrated, "Possibly The Finest Known Specimen"

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s, "Summer 2001 Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8962, "1847/7", illustrated, unsold

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries, "The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part IV Sale", November 20-21, 2000, Lot 405, illustrated, sold for $3,450.00  Purchased from Rick Carter, July 13, 1973

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1376, illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

SEGS MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 4019, illustrated, sold for $690.00

NGC AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 2355, "Breen-6570, Doubled 7", sold for $1,667.00

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1737, "7 over Small 7", plated, sold for, $287.50

AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 899, "Wiped with a jeweler's cloth", sold for $149.00

EF-40, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5681, "47/7", not illustrated, sold for $218.50

Choice EF.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1110, not plated, sold for $161.00

Choice EF.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 1111, "Doubled 7", not plated, sold for $184.00

Extremely Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 1552, sold for $230.00

Notes:
The reverse of this date may also have been used to strike the Proof Half Eagles of 1844, 1845, 1846, and 1848.  According to Akers, the die shows "die scratches or file marks in the left field at the eagle's leg feathers and the three lower wing feathers closest to the body."

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

The finest Uncirculated "1847/7" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service