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    1836 Proof Gobrecht Dollar, Judd-60
    Die Alignment I, Second Striking Period

    1836 P$1 Name on Base, Judd-60 Original, Pollock-65, R.1--Artificial Toning--NCS. Proof.
    Design.
    The familiar Christian Gobrecht Seated Liberty design, no stars in the field, C. GOBRECHT F. in recessed letters on the base. On the reverse the eagle flies upward in a starry field. Struck in silver with a plain edge. Die Alignment I (Liberty's head opposite DO).

    Commentary.
    Presumably a late December striking, with the die scratch plainly evident above the eagle's wing. Of the 1,000 coins struck in late 1836, it is believed that 400 were produced in early December and 600 in late December. These two striking periods are indistinguishable except for the accidental die scratch above the eagle's wing that points to the AT in STATES. However, there is a distinct difference in the level of preservation between these two striking periods. A great many dollars from the first period were given out as presentation pieces, and thus are seen today in high grades. The later strikings, such as this coin, were all deposited in a local bank, and are usually found circulated.

    Gobrecht dollars are not generally considered patterns, except by tradition. The 1836-dated coins were struck for circulation. Most researchers today consider only the 1838 coins true patterns. However, there are many off-metal fantasy pieces, unusual mulings, and some experimental strikings (Judd-61 for instance, an 1836 dollar struck with a reeded edge). This long tradition of calling Gobrecht dollars patterns will likely continue, and even specialists today refer to these pieces by their Judd number.

    Physical Description.
    This is a deeply toned and equally deeply mirrored example. The toning is multicolored and well-balanced from side-to-side. The deep coloration helps subdue the light hairlining that can be seen with a magnifier. Sharply, but not fully detailed with complete definition on Liberty's foot, mostly complete hair detail, and just a bit of softness on the eagle's breast feathers.

    Provenance.
    Ex: Stack's Auction (11/1989), lot 530.
    From The Lemus Collection, Queller Family Collection Part Two.

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

    Weight: 26.73 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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