Coin Specifications

Category: Gobrecht Dollars (1836-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
Catalog: KM-59.1
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.40 (1/30/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1836 SILVER GOBRECHT S$1 PF obverse 1836 SILVER GOBRECHT S$1 PF reverse

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Description & Analysis

There were two deliveries of 1836 dollars (made in 1836), although all coins were officially reported on the same day (December 31, 1836). Warrant #1471 reports that 400 dollars were minted; however, it appears that most of these coins were retained in the Mint for special distributions, including a few presentation pieces. This includes coins given to both Christian Gobrecht and President Andrew Jackson. After the first set of 400 coins were made, a second warrant (#1480) shows that another 600 dollars were produced. Unlike the first set of coins, the second 600 pieces were sent to the Bank of the United States for public distribution (and destined for circulation). A total of 1000 silver dollars were produced in December 1836, and all of these coins were struck as proofs on a 416 grain planchet (the official weight standard from 1792), and were in Die Alignment I. Most of these coins were deposited into the U.S. banking system, either through the Bank of the United States or through transactions conducted at the Mint. Consequently, the original 1836 dollars (Judd-60 coins in Die Alignment I) are regular issue U.S. coins and therefore are not patterns. The main reason for calling these coins patterns seems to go back to Woodin's pattern book (1913) or even earlier, based on isolated comments made by certain Mint personnel. Nevertheless, information from the time these coins were initially struck clearly indicates it was Mint's intention to strike these pieces as a regular issue (although struck as proofs). The information from Woodin's book was simply carried over to Judd's book on patterns without further investigation. This misinterpretation has continued into the present with Pollock; however, inclusion of the Gobrecht dollars in his book appears to be based mainly on tradition.

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Total Graded: 74
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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3/3/2008 NCS   Teletrade Auction 2498, 2498/Lot# 1606 $9,856.00
9/2/2012 PCGS Genuine Proof G   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 1415 $6,038.00
3/20/2014 NGC Details Proof VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30076 $5,434.38
3/20/2014 NGC Details Proof Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30078 $18,800.00
3/21/2014 PCGS PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1198/Lot# 10464 $22,325.00
4/20/2014 PCGS PF XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 800, 809/Lot# 853 $18,500.00
6/23/2014 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30591 $41,125.00
8/5/2014 NGC PF XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1208/Lot# 4643 $11,456.25
9/4/2014 NGC PF 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1209/Lot# 3216 $19,975.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1836 SILVER GOBRECHT S$1 PF
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Grade: PF 58
Points: 4214
Owner: JTO
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