1847 $1 (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Dollars 1840-1873

PCGS MS65

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
6934
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
38.10 millimeters
Weight:
26.73 grams
Mintage:
140,750
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 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 4,000 R-4.2 26 / 30 TIE 40 / 45 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 19 / 30 TIE 28 / 45 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 13 / 30 TIE 15 / 45 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 4,000
60 or Better 100
65 or Better 4
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.2
60 or Better R-8.0
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 26 / 30 TIE
60 or Better 19 / 30 TIE
65 or Better 13 / 30 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 40 / 45 TIE
60 or Better 28 / 45 TIE
65 or Better 15 / 45 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Legend 10/2014:61, $88,125

1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Rod Sweet Collection - Bowers & Merena 7/2005:1043, $23,000

1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade

Legend 10/2014:61, $88,125

#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade

Rod Sweet Collection - Bowers & Merena 7/2005:1043, $23,000

#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade
#6 MS64 PCGS grade
#6 MS64 PCGS grade
#6 MS64 PCGS grade
#6 MS64 PCGS grade
#6 MS64 PCGS grade
Q. David Bowers: The following narrative, with minor editing, is from my "Silver Dollars & Trade Dollars of the United States: A Complete Encyclopedia" (Wolfeboro, NH: Bowers and Merena Galleries, Inc., 1993).

Coinage Context

Mint busy: The Philadelphia Mint was busy this year and turned out large numbers of silver coins of all denominations. Apparently, the silver supply problem had lessened somewhat. However, as is true of other years, silver dollars were only struck to the order of bullion depositors specifically requesting them.

Numismatic Information

Circulated grades: The 1847 is one of the most common of all Liberty Seated dollars of the 1840-1865 no-motto type. In 1963 when I was sorting through quantities of unattributed worn Liberty Seated dollars from the great Treasury release, I found more of this date than of any other early issue. However, in terms of appearances on the numismatic market, the 1842 and 1843 are more plentiful today.

Mint State grades: This issue is available in Mint State, and when seen is apt to be very frosty. From the beginning of the series to 1847, it is the date most often seen MS-60 or above. Still, it is scarcer in Mint State than the mintage figure suggests.

Varieties

Circulation strikes:

1-6. Normal Date: Breen-5438. Known with at least six obverse variations among pieces made for circulation, such varieties differing from one another by their date position in relation to the base of Liberty and the border denticles.

Circulation strike mintage: 140,750; Delivery figures by month: June: 2,750; August: 75,500; September: 40,000; December: 22,500.

Estimated quantity melted: Unknown

Characteristics of striking: Usually well struck Known hoards of Mint State coins: None

Commentary

The 1847 Liberty Seated dollar was made in large quantities and is common today in circulated grades.