Richly Toned 1836 Gobrecht Dollar, PR63
1836 P$1 Name on Base, Judd-60 Original, Pollock-65, R.1, PR63
PCGS. Silver. Plain Edge. Die Alignment I (the center of
Liberty's head is opposite the DO in DOLLAR). First issue of 1836,
struck prior to the die clashing that produced the diagonal line
above the eagle's wing. The 1836 Gobrecht dollars are the most
frequently encountered issue by far, and they are also one of the
most intriguing for the specialist. The lack of the die clash mark
on the reverse indicates this was an early striking, produced prior
to the late December 1836 and March 1837 coins, when things got
really interesting and controversial. Only 400 coins were struck in
this production run, and even though these pieces were intended for
circulation a larger percentage of these so-called First Originals
were set aside as mementoes at the time of issue. Consequently more
survive today in higher grades than the so-called Second Originals
(coins with the die clash above the eagle's wing).
Die Alignment I, First Striking Period
One remarkable feature on this coin is the completeness of strike. Gobrecht expert Mike Carboneau has always maintained that fullness of strike on these dollars can best be determined by examination of Liberty's foot. On this coin, the detail is absolutely complete: full toes, complete sandal straps, even a toe nail on the great toe! The fields are bright and enhance the rich, mottled emerald and rose toning seen on each side. Only two marks are noted, both in the upper reverse fields, but neither is apparent without magnification and through the toning. An important offering of a high-grade, early-strike Gobrecht dollar.
From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection. (NGC ID# BLWT, PCGS# 11225)
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