Recommended item of interest - Gobrecht's design layout
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This is of considerable interest as an example of an engraver using an existing coin to sketch out positions for a revised design.  It's kind of in between a paper sketch and design model or maybe pattern piece.

https://forums.collectors.com/discussion/1044269/gobrechts-1843-design-layout-model-cent-update

So far no documents have been discovered relating to this, but there are a lot more to search through in the archives.

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I'm not really qualified to make any kind of clever or insightful observation.  However, this kind of work always reinforces my admiration for the skill level required to hand-tool those dies way back in the day.

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Rather than rotate the stars and date counterclockwise, wouldn't it have been easier to just rotate the bust clockwise to line up with the date, and move the stars in a bit?

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3 hours ago, Just Bob said:

Rather than rotate the stars and date counterclockwise, wouldn't it have been easier to just rotate the bust clockwise to line up with the date, and move the stars in a bit?

The portrait was also made smaller and revised slightly. If anyone could locate Gobrecht's personal papers, an answer might lie there.

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