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1836 Gobrecht Dollar Judd-60 Restrike, PR62
Die Alignment IV

Deeply Mirrored and Fully Struck

1836 P$1 Name on Base, Judd-60 Restrike, Pollock-65, R.5, PR62 NGC. Silver. Plain Edge. Die Alignment IV (head of Liberty opposite the F in OF after a medal turn). Die State h. This is the latest die state before the Starry Reverse die was reworked and before the die cracks are seen on the latest state 1836 dollars. Before the Starry Reverse die was refurbished, a faint die crack appears at the bottom of DOLLAR. That crack is unseen on this piece. One die marker that is widely known on 1836 Gobrecht dollars is the angling die clash mark above the eagle's wing that points to AT in STATES. Apparently someone did not like the looks of this marker and attempted to efface it with small pin scratches.
The Revisionist Theory regarding 1836 dollars states die rotation accounts for the emission sequence. Thus Die Alignment I coins were struck first, in December 1836, and Die Alignments II and IV (and intermediate states) were produced in March 1837. The most recent investigation into these coins has focused on the sequence of appearance of twelve rim markers and die chips. What has emerged is a much more complex emission sequence than previously thought. Some Die Alignment IV coins are believed to have been struck prior to Die Alignment II dollars. Previously it was thought the coins produced in March 1837 were struck in a steady progression from Die Alignment II to IV. Clearly, the last word on this complex series has not been written.
The surfaces of this piece are remarkable because of the depth of reflectivity seen in the fields. This is especially so on the obverse in spite of the light hairlining. The reverse is somewhat less intense in its reflectivity, but this is because of the ripples seen in the fields. The ripples slightly interrupt the mirrored reflectivity of the proof finish. The surfaces are mostly brilliant, with light golden toning around the margins. The strike is strong throughout, with just the slightest softness seen on Liberty's hair. The extended foot is completely defined, even showing full definition on Liberty's toenail. The eagle is similarly complete, with all the feathers fully articulated. (NGC ID# 26YX, PCGS# 11227)

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