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1847-C Liberty Head Quarter Eagle : A Collector’s Guide

1847-C Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. Image: Stack's Bowers.
1847-C Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. Image: Stack’s Bowers.

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek Notes …..
The Philadelphia Mint prepared three die pairs for the Charlotte Mint to use to strike the 1847-C Liberty Head Quarter Eagle, but only one of these die pairs was put into use. Gold coin specialist Doug Winter refers to this marriage as “8-F” in the standard literature. In total, 23,226 coins were struck, making the 1847-C one of the more available Charlotte Mint coins of the type.

A condition rarity, it is still easier to find in low Mint State than other Charlotte Mint quarter eagles. The discovery of a Gem-quality or higher specimen would be news.

The word LIBERTY is typically softly struck on the diadem on this issue, even on coins with full radial detail.

Close-up image of instances of rust on the reverse of the 1847-C Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. Image: Stack's Bowers / CoinWeek.
Close-up image of instances of rust on the reverse of the 1847-C Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. Image: Stack’s Bowers / CoinWeek.

During its use, the reverse die developed multiple instances of rust, which can be seen on some examples below the first T of STATES, between the eagle’s extended right wing and the branch, between the tip of the branch and the D, and between the second arrow tip and C of AMERICA.

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Market Data and Noteworthy Specimens

Top Population: PCGS MS64 (6, 6/2024), NGC MS64 (3, 6/2024), and CAC MS64 (3:0 stickered:graded, 6/2024).

  • PCGS MS64 #43136251: As PCGS MS64 #6574988. “The Baltimore Collection, Part Two,” Heritage Auctions, October 14, 2011, Lot 4662 – $17,250. As PCGS MS64 CAC #29400440. “The Utah Collection of Charlotte Gold Coinage,” Heritage Auctions, July 31, 2021, Lot 3077 – $31,200. Regraded. Imaged on PCGS CoinFacts. Hit of chin. Small cluster of scratches on bust truncation. Tick between stars 5 and 6.
  • PCGS MS64 CAC #6596341: Doug Winter to Stephen Winthrop, via sale, March 2003; “The Stephen Winthrop Collection,” Stack’s Bowers, February 2015, Lot 2071 – $30,550. Numerous rust spots on reverse.
  • PCGS MS64 CAC #1583853-001: “The Horseshow Collection,” Bowers and Merena, August 7, 2010, Lot 1489 – $16,215; Heritage Auctions, November 7, 2007, Lot 1873 – $19,550. CAC added. Two ticks above 1 on the bust truncation. Small diagonal tick from the bottom of star 8. 
  • NGC MS64 #1849019-001: Heritage Auctions, January 1999, Lot 7758 – $23,000; As NGC MS64 #581465-009. Heritage Auctions, April 26, 2002, Lot 6854 – $15,525. NORTH GEORGIA on insert. As NGC MS64 #1849019-001. Heritage Auctions, June 1, 2007, Lot 2165 – $18,975; Heritage Auctions, January 7, 2010, Lot 2101 – $19,421.20; “The Cherokee County Collection,” Heritage Auctions, January 5, 2012, Lot 4752 – $17,365.
  • PCGS MS64 #3531143: “The Grand Lake Collection,” Heritage Auctions, February 6, 2009, Lot 2482 – $18,400.
  • NGC MS64 #1727525-004: Heritage Auctions, February 15, 2008, Lot 2365 – $23,000; Heritage Auctions, January 5, 2012, Lot 4751 – $14,950.
  • NGC MS64 #1608081-004: Heritage Auctions, May 10, 2007, Lot 2226 – $20,700.
  • PCGS MS64 #2637587: Heritage Auctions, November 3, 2005, Lot 2371 – $20,125. Deep tick to the right of mouth.

1847-C Liberty Head Quarter Eagle Coin Specifications

Country: United States of America
Year of Issue: 1847
Denomination: Two Dollars and Fifty Cents (USD)
Mintmark: C (Charlotte)
Mintage: 23,226
Alloy: .900 Gold, .100 Copper
Weight: 4.18 g
Diameter: 18.00 mm
Edge: Reeded
OBV Designer: Christian Gobrecht
REV Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Quality: Business Strike


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