Owner's Comments

The Rudolf specimen - the finest known as it's slightly nicer than the other MS65's. An original white coin, with just a hint of golden toning to show its originality. Lightly prooflike, very flashy and eye appealing!

Expert Comments

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.
Diameter
38.10 millimeters
Designer
Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
140750
Weight
26.73 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
812
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 4000 R-4.2 26 / 30 TIE 40 / 45 TIE
All Grades 100 R-8.0 19 / 30 TIE 28 / 45 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 13 / 30 TIE 15 / 45 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Legend 10/2014:61, $88,125

1 MS65 PCGS grade 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