1851 $1 Original AU58 PCGS. Without a doubt, distinguishing between Original and Restrike 1851 and 1852 dollars is one of ...
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In 1851, the dies for the obverse of the silver dollar had the date high in the field, much closer to the rocky base of Liberty than to the border. Careful examination reveals the slightest recutting of the date, visible just below the serif of the first 1, outside the upper right curve of the 8, and at the very tip of the flag of the 5. A small unfinished area fills the space between Liberty's chin and her neck, and on this example, light clash marks are visible just below Liberty's arm in the field to the right. On the reverse, there is evidence of unfinished die work between the vertical shield stripes. These coins also have a die crack from the lower right curve of the O in ONE, angling down to the dentils below the right side of the N in ONE. Another die crack from the dentils near the wing tip below U, connects the tops of all letters in UNITED and continues to the dentils above the first S. These die cracks are also known on certain business strikes of 1850, meaning that the reverse die was used in both years, and virtually proving that these coins are the Original 1851 silver dollars. Of course, the 1851 Original silver dollars were produced in business strike format, with only a couple proofs alluded to by Walter Breen in his Complete Encyclopedia. A few years later, Dave Bowers noted that there were no Original proofs produced, and this is believed the case today. Those described in the past are now believed to be late die state coins, with prooflike surfaces created when the clash marks were removed from the die.
The 1851 Restrike silver dollars were believed coined in the late 1850s, and possibly also just after the Civil War. The Restrikes have the date centered in the field, lack the die cracks on the reverse, and exist only in Proof format. Two different die pairs are known for the 1851 Restrike dollars, and one of these has the same reverse die found on the 1852 Restrike dollars.
This 1851 Original silver dollar is a lovely example, and it shows all of the characteristics discussed above. It is nicely details, although not fully defined as on the Restrikes. Liberty's hair details are slightly weak, as are the stars to the right. On the reverse, the eagle's neck and head, as well as the tops of the wings, lack definition. The surfaces have nearly full and complete luster, and wonderful toning, with golden-brown, pale blue, and light green color blended nicely together. The toning pattern on each side is quite similar. With its lovely patina, we are tempted to call this an original Original.(#6939) (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24YP, PCGS# 6939)
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