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    1839 Gobrecht Dollar, PR65
    Judd-104 Original, Die State B
    Ex: Norweb

    1839 P$1 Name Omitted, Judd-104 Original, Pollock-116, R.3, PR65 PCGS. Ex: Norweb-Simpson. Silver. Reeded Edge. Die Alignment IV (medal turn, the head of Liberty is opposite the F in OF). Die State B. 411.8 grains. The rare Original 1839 dollars were struck in the last week of 1839. It is estimated that only 25 to 30 pieces are known in various grades. Originals differ from Restrikes in subtle ways, but ways that are recognizable to the trained eye. The eagle and lettering on Originals are smooth and clean (especially on the eagle's head and beak), while Restrikes show granularity from die rust, especially noticeable on the eagle's beak. The mirrors in the fields are also much deeper on Restrikes than Originals since they were struck more than 20 years later than Originals, and the proofing process was more clearly defined in the early 1860s than in 1839. The angling die line over the TE in UNITED is a feature seen, not seen, then seen again on Originals, Restrikes, and later Restrikes. It is present on this Original, then polished away on early Restrikes, but it appears again on later Restrikes.

    As with the 1836 Gobrecht dollars the fields are bright but do not necessarily measure up to our present-day concept of a proof coin. This, however, is a nicely reflective example whose surfaces are covered in multicolor toning. The strike is complete throughout, even the foot of Liberty, which is not expected on Original strikes. Additionally, there are no contact marks worthy of mention on either side. Outstanding quality for this rare, early issue. Population: 2 in 65, 0 finer (6/21).
    Ex: Norweb Collection, Part III (Bowers and Merena, 11/1988), lot 3777.

    Coin Index Numbers: (PCGS# 11444)

    Weight: 26.73 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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