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Obverse of 1847-C Half Eagle     Reverse of 1847-C Half Eagle


1847-C FIVE DOLLARS
OR HALF EAGLE

PCGS No: 8233

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 84,151
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.7 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.2 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "C" (for Charlotte, NC) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Significant examples:
"Choice Uncirculated" (illustrated above).  Ex - Colonel E.H.R. Green - Palace Collection of Egypt sale (King Farouk of Egypt), part of Lot 251 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "The John Jay Pittman Collection", October 21-23, 1997, Lot 982, illustrated, "...one carbon spot on Liberty's jaw, and one small abrasion in the field between the 5th and 6th stars.  On the reverse, there are a few small abrasions above the eagle's head, as well as one fine hairline that follows the contour of its head and neck..."

Milas sale, 1995, Lot 468

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-61.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25- 27, Lot 3701, sold for $10,350.00

NGC MS-61.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1377, illustrated, sold for $8,625.00

About Uncirculated, or finer.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 105, plated, sold for $6,325.00  Ex Federal Brand Enterprises sale of August 16, 1965, lot 988

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 900, sold for $2,530.00

VF-30, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5682, not illustrated, sold for $592.25

VG-8.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1379, not illustrated, sold for $288.00

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

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