Owner's Comments

Mintage: 245,000
Obverse Dies: 3 Known

High grade 1847 examples are typically well struck with nearly full heads. The three 1847 varieties are popular due to their inclusion in the Ahwash encyclopedia.

Plate Coin: Fortin 102, Ahwash 2, All Digits Touch Base, Light Gray and Brown Obverse Toning, Increased Rose Toning On Reverse, Very Well Struck

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1847 Dime is not known for being particularly rare, but it is far less common than generally perceived.  Overall, it is twice as rare in circulated condition as the 1844, 1845 and 1846, though both the 1844 and 1846 are considerably rarer in Mint State.  Rather, the 1847 is on par with the 1848 and 1849 Dimes in terms of overall population and how the grades are distributed among thatr population.

Over a dozen 1847 Dimes are known in Mint State, though they generally grade MS62 or lower.  Choice BU and Gem examples are very rare.  The best example is a single PCGS MS66, which is a remarkable exception to the rule.  Collectors seeking value will realize quickly that once one moves below the MS64 level, this date becomes quite affordable, even though the coins still rank in the Condition Census.


17.90 millimeters
Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht
2.67 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 400 R-6.2 12 / 34 TIE 40 / 122 TIE
All Grades 25 R-9.0 12 / 34 TIE 27 / 122 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 34 TIE 1 / 122 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2015:3813, $3,525

2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 estimated grade
5 MS63 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 11/2004:572 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98247, $4,700