Quarter Eagle -> 1847-C

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  • Quarter Eagles 1838 - 1860
  • Liberty Head 1840 - 1860
  • Diameter: 18.2 millimeters
  • Fineness: .900
  • Weight: 64.5 grains
  • Designer: Christian Gobrecht
  • Edge: Reeded
  • Coiner: John R. Bolton

The 1847-C is easily the most available quarter eagles from the Charlotte Mint. Approximately 265-275 pieces are known including 54-57 in the various About Uncirculated grades and another 16-18 in Mint State. Due to the fact that many 1847-C quarter eagles are very well struck, attractively toned, free of significant marks and lustrous, this issue is excellent for type purposes. It further appeals to type collectors as it is the most affordable quarter eagle from this mint in higher grades. One must remember that in the field of Charlotte gold coins, "availability" is relative and the 1847-C quarter eagle is a actually a very rare coin in comparison to many far more expensive yet significantly more common United states gold issues.

Condition Census

  1. The following coins grade Mint State-64:
    • Nevada collection, ex Winthrop Carner, Superior 1/31-2/1/94: 2308, Kevin Lipton, Superior 7/93: 847 (there graded MS-63 by PCGS). It was later graded MS-64 by PCGS.
    • MGS/NSI inventory (Gary Adkins), 9/97, ex various dealer intermediaries. Graded MS-64 by PCGS.
    • Tangible Investments of America (Silvano Di Genova) inventory, ex Sotheby's 6/17/96: 28, James Haldan collection, Bowers and Ruddy Eliasberg sale (10/82): 141, John Clapp, B. Max Mehl's Charles Cowell sale (November, 1911). Later graded MS-64 by NGC. The plate coin in the first edition of this book.
    • As of December, 1997, PCGS and NGC both show records for another MS-64 having been graded. It is very possible that these coins are included in the pieces described above.
  2. The following coins grade Mint State-63:
    • Superior 9/97: 2870, PCGS graded MS-63, ex California dealer, Elrod collection, earlier graded MS-63 by NGC.
    • North Georgia collection, ex Stack's 12/94: 1386, later graded MS-63 by NGC.
    • Superior 1/31/94-2/1/94: 2309. Graded MS-63 by PCGS.
    • Paul Dingler collection, graded MS-63 by PCGS. The plate coin in this book.