Coin Specifications

Category: Gobrecht Dollars (1836-1839)
Mintage: 18
Catalog: KM-Pn51
Composition: Silver
Edge: Plain
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1836 SILVER J-58 GOBRECHT S$1 PF obverse 1836 SILVER J-58 GOBRECHT S$1 PF reverse

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Description & Analysis

The original dies for this pattern dollar were produced in 1836 by Christian Gobrecht (as an engraver at the U.S. Mint) from sketches made by Titian Peale and Thomas Sully. On the reverse, an American eagle flies to the left in a field of twenty-six stars. Thirteen large stars represent the thirteen original colonies, and thirteen smaller stars depict the subsequent states admitted to the Union (with Michigan expected to be admitted in 1837). The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and ONE DOLLAR appears around the circumference. On the present coin, the head of Liberty is nearly opposite the O in ONE, with the eagle flying level to slightly downward after a normal coin turn (i.e., rotation around the coin's horizontal axis). A die crack unites the tops of NITED STATES O, and a second smaller crack is located at the bottom of DOLLA in DOLLAR. The Die Alignment III configuration, and the presence of reverse die cracks, indicate, according to the most recent and ongoing research by Mike Carboneau and James Gray, that this coin is a restrike, probably made between 1857 and 1869. However, since no original Judd-58 coin has been authenticated; it appears that all, or nearly all, of the Judd-58s are restrikes. Had the U.S. Mint not made these coins for collectors in the late 1850s and 1860s, then for all practical purposes, this pattern would be a non-collectible item. Therefore, the only collectible Gobrecht dollar patterns are the restrikes, and even these are very difficult to locate. In fact, no Judd-58 specimen exists in the Smithsonian Collection. Although the exact mintage of Judd-58 coins is unknown, recent estimates based on the observed population of Judd-60 coins (and their known mintage) suggest that if any Judd-58s were made in 1836, then fewer than six originals were struck (however, all of these examples seem to have vanished from the numismatic community). In addition, approximately 80 restrikes are estimated to have been made sometime after 1857.

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Total Graded: 10
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66

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6/3/2004 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 June Long Beach Signature Sale #349, 349/Lot# 6112 $115,000.00
4/16/2008 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 2090 $92,000.00
1/6/2010 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 2589 $74,750.00
8/11/2010 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 3276 $60,375.00
4/24/2013 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1184/Lot# 4321 $88,125.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1836 SILVER J-58 GOBRECHT S$1 PF
1836 SILVER J-58 GOBRECHT S$1 PF Cameo
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Grade: PF 65
Points: 13877
Owner: Simpson
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