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Unique 1837 Gobrecht Half Dollar "Splasher," Ex: Titian Peale Estate

1837 MS Gobrecht Half Dollar "Splasher," Judd Appendix A, Pollock-3046, Unique, MS64 NGC. 44 mm. Lead. This impressive and historic item was originally sold in 1986 out of the estate of Titian Peale, the designer of the flying eagle reverse of the Gobrecht dollar. It may have been given to him so he could begin remodeling the eagle in lower relief for the half dollar. The curved, large date punch of 1837 shows the diagnostic flat-top 1. LIBERTY had not been added to the ribbon, and the raised rim outside the denticles was not yet punched into the die at this stage. It seems from details such as the heavy S-curved ribbon and the positioning of the shield and pole hand that the hub from which this die was made was made before the Name On Base Gobrecht dollars. It may be that the Mint intended to produce No Stars half dollars in 1837 (and perhaps No Stars quarters as well) that would match the original Gobrecht dollars as well as the 1837 dime and half dime. Perhaps continuing problems with steam-powered coinage in 1837 prevented Mint personnel from carrying out this project.
The lead surface shows a bit of deeper gray patina with lighter, almost brilliant accents around and within the recesses of the devices. A few small contact marks are seen in the fields with more noticeable discoloration and marks outside the denticles. Accompanied by an NGC Photo-Certificate for authenticity.
Ex: Stack's (3/86), lot 1066. (NGC ID# 3YLW, PCGS# 11282)


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August, 2004
18th-21st Wednesday-Saturday
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