1847 $5 MPD, 7 in Denticles (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

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OBVERSE DETAIL (FS-301)

OBVERSE DETAIL (FS-301)

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS #:
8232
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
915,981
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 estimated grade
2 MS63 PCGS grade
2 MS63 estimated grade
2 MS63 estimated grade
2 MS63 estimated grade
2 MS63 estimated grade
7 AU58 estimated grade
7 AU58 estimated grade
9 AU55 PCGS grade
9 AU55 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 estimated grade
#2 MS63 PCGS grade
#2 MS63 estimated grade
#2 MS63 estimated grade
#2 MS63 estimated grade
#2 MS63 estimated grade
#7 AU58 estimated grade
#7 AU58 estimated grade
#9 AU55 PCGS grade
#9 AU55 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

A Misplaced Date (MPD) occurs when the die sinker accidentally places the date way out of position. This is different from a repunched date, where a slight misalignment occurs between one or more punches of the date logotype. A Misplaced Date often occurs when the date logotype is dropped accidentally onto the die. In the case of the 1847 Half Eagle, three different MPDs have been discovered thus far, a surprisingly high number for any US coin. The most obvious MPD, and the one listed in the GUIDEBOOK, is known as FS-301 (formerly FS-303). On the FS-301, the top of a 7 can be seen nestled in the denticles below the final 4 and 7 of the date. The other two MPDs are less obvious but no less valuable. On FS-302, a trace of a 1 is evident at the lower front of Liberty's throat. On FS-304, a trace of a 1 is just barely visible on the lower edge of the point of Liberty's bust. The Repunched Date variety (FS-303) should not be confused for an MPD.

As of September 2011, PCGS had certified ten examples of the 1847/7 MPD (FS-301), the finest of which is a single PCGS MS-63.

Sources and/or recommended reading: "Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins", 4th Edition, Volume II by Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton