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    1836 Gobrecht Dollar, PR64
    Judd-60 Original, Die State B

    1836 P$1 Name on Base, Judd-60 Original, Pollock-65, R.1, PR64 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Simpson. Silver. Plain Edge. Die Alignment I (center of Liberty's head is opposite the DO in DOLLAR). Die State B. This early strike shows the minimal number of die defects possible without being a perfect die state. The only visible defects are die chips in the dentils above the final A in AMERICA.

    The Gobrecht dollar design is a combination of the ideal and the real. The obverse is an idealized rendering of Britannia that was designed by Thomas Sully, one of the country's finest artists. The reverse was realistic, showing an eagle in flight as it had never been rendered before. Titian Peale's "true to nature" eagle was described in a February 1836 letter to Mint Director Patterson:

    "Titian has executed a design of an Eagle on the wing which is true to nature for it is drawn from the bird with rigid truth by the Camera Lucida at such a distance as to render the perspective almost invisible."



    The key to the above passage is understanding how a Camera Lucida works. It is a fairly simple concept and one that has been used for centuries and is still in limited use today. It is beyond the scope of this description to describe its operation, but we strongly recommend a Google search of the term, which will greatly aid in understanding how Peale achieved such a lifelike rendering of the eagle. The surfaces of this magnificent near-Gem are toned in shades of golden-rose with occasional dabs of blue interspersed. The strike is complete in all areas, even the foot of Liberty. The fields are moderately reflective, as expected on Judd-60 Original dollars. Population: 14 in 64, 0 finer. CAC: 6 in 64, 0 finer (7/21).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# BLWT, PCGS# 11225)

    Weight: 26.73 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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