1847 Liberty Head $2.50 quarter eagles are historic gold coins that numismatists enjoy collecting. 1847 gold quarter eagles were produced at the Philadelphia, Charlotte (C), Dahlonega (D), and New Orleans (O) mints. While all 1847 gold coins are rare by every measure, those struck at the Charlotte and Dahlonega mints are the rarest in terms of overall availability; these coins were not saved in substantial quantities to begin with, and most have been lost or melted.
Here is a rundown of the mintages and values for 1847 Liberty Head quarter eagle gold coins:
1847, 29,814 minted; $360
1847-C, 23,226; $1,425
1847-D, 15,784; $1,550
1847-O, 124,000; $385
*Values are for coins grading Very Fine-20, unless otherwise noted.
Liberty Head quarter eagle gold coins consist of a 90 percent gold and 10 percent copper composition – the ordinary “coin gold” alloy for gold coins of the time period. 1847 Liberty Head $2.50 gold coins weigh 4.18 grams and have a diameter of 18 millimeters, meaning they are roughly the diameter of a standard U.S. dime. These gold quarter eagle coins contain a total of 0.1202 ounces of gold.
1847 $2.50 gold coins were designed by Christian Gobrecht, who served as the U.S. Mint’s chief engraver. He is also well noted as the designer of Seated Liberty coinage, which ran from the late 1830s through 1891.