1847-D $5 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head $5 1839-1908

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PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU55

PCGS AU55

PCGS #:
8234
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
21.65 millimeters
Weight:
8.36 grams
Mintage:
64,405
Mint:
Dahlonega
Metal:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 250 R-6.6 68 / 112 TIE 103 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 12 R-9.5 59 / 112 TIE 87 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 112 1 / 218
Survival Estimate
All Grades 250
60 or Better 12
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.6
60 or Better R-9.5
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 68 / 112 TIE
60 or Better 59 / 112 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 112
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 103 / 218 TIE
60 or Better 87 / 218 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 218

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS63 PCGS grade
1 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 PCGS grade
3 MS62 estimated grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 PCGS grade
#3 MS62 estimated grade
Doug Winter: The 1847-D is one of the more common Dahlonega half eagles both in terms of its overall rarity and its rarity in high grades.

The 1847-D half eagle is relatively available in lower grades. It becomes a difficult coin to locate above About Uncirculated-50 and it is rare in properly graded About Uncirculated-55. Fully Mint State pieces are very rare.

STRIKE: Most examples show a fairly good overall strike. On the obverse, nearly every known 1847-D half eagle is slightly weak on the curls. The rest of the hair is relatively sharp and both the stars and the denticles are well-formed. The reverse is often weak on the middle portion of the eagle’s neck and, sometimes, on the right leg.

SURFACES: As on most Dahlonega half eagles from the 1840’s, the 1847-D is often seen with numerous abrasions on the surfaces. This is due to the fact that these coins were widely used in commerce in the South and were roughly handled.

LUSTER: This issue shows good luster. The luster is typically frosty in texture and a few examples are known which are slightly prooflike.

COLORATION: For some reason, there are more examples of this date with intense color than any other Dahlonega half eagles from the 1840’s. The coloration ranges from deep green-gold to coppery-orange. It has become more difficult to find pieces that have not been dipped or cleaned.

EYE APPEAL: The 1847-D is a good issue for someone looking for a single Dahlonega half eagle as a type coin. Most are very well struck and have good luster and color (if they haven’t been cleaned or dipped). Locating pieces with clean surfaces, however, is very difficult.

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS: An interesting variety of 1847-D half eagle shows traces if extra digits to the left of the 1 and 4 in the date. At one point in time it was thought that this might represent an overdate but it is now believed that these are merely light repunchings. There are still no overdates known on any Dahlonega issues.

DIE VARIETIES: There are currently four die varieties known.

Variety 16-L: The obverse has a date which is very high and the right edge of the 7 touches the neck. The numerals are perfect and show no signs of recutting. The reverse is a reuse of the 1846-D over D but the overmintmark has been effaced due to repolishing and wear.

Variety 16-M: The obverse is the same as above. The reverse is the same as described for variety 18-M of 1848.

Variety 17-L. The obverse is the same as described below. The reverse reuses the D/D reverse of 1846 but in a late die state with the first mintmark punch no longer visible due to repolishing and wear.

Variety 17-I: The date is high but not as much so as on obverse 13. The right edge of the 7 is close to the neck but it does not touch it. There are traces if extra digits to the left of the 1 and the 4 in the date. Examples of this variety often show a crack on the reverse through FIVE and to the dot at the right of this word.
David Akers (1975/88): The 1847-D, as a date, is more rare than the 1847-C but it is more often available in AU or Unc than the 1847-C. The 1947-D is also more rare than the D Mint Half Eagles from 1843-1846. Most known specimens are in the VF to EF range and AU and strictly uncirculated examples are very rare.