1847 Liberty Head $5 Half Eagle
1847 Liberty Head $5 half eagle gold coins are available in five varieties, which counts the four basic mintmark varieties; the Philadelphia issue has an overdate issue, counting the fifth variety. In general, all 1847 half eagles are considered scarce, though the Charlotte (C), Dahlonega (D), and New Orleans (O) branch mint issues are by far the scarcest. Given the scarceness of all Liberty Head half eagles, and especially the branch mint coins, it’s essential that collectors consider buying only authenticated pieces to ensure they aren’t buying counterfeit gold coins, which are by and large too numerous to count.
Here’s a look at the mintages and values for all 1843 $5 half eagle gold coins:
1847 (all kinds), 915,981
1847, mintage included above; $665
1847 Top of 7 on Border, mintage included above; $720
1847-C, 84,151; $2,000
1847-D, 64,405; $2,000
1847-O, 12,000; $3,000
*Values are for coins grading Very Fine 20.
Liberty Head gold half eagles, which were designed by Christian Gobrecht, are not only scarce but they are also old. Therefore, they tend to have a much larger following from numismatists as opposed to bullion investors, who generally avoid the high price premium on these coins. 1847 Liberty Head half eagles contain a net pure gold content amounting to 0.24187 ounces and weigh a total of 8.359 grams.