1836 Gobrecht Liberty Seated Dollar Proof-64 NGC (J-58)

1836 Gobrecht Liberty Seated Dollar Proof-64 NGC (J-58)
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Technically a pattern, it is also included in nearly all major collections of regular issue coinage because of its extreme importance to the creation of the Seated Liberty Silver Dollar.

Coin Highlights:

  • NGC Population of 6 coins at this grade level with 3 graded higher.
  • NGC encapsulation protects and guarantees the PF-64 condition.
  • Designed by Christian Gobrecht.
  • Obverse: Features Liberty holding a pole with a Liberty cap in her left hand and a shield in her right hand. Restrike: Name below base, no stars.
  • Reverse: Depicts an eagle with it's wings spread flying in the wind. Restrike: Eagle amid stars.

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Christian Gobrecht was the third Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1840 until his death in 1844. He was responsible for designing the famous "Seated Liberty" designs, which were in turn the direct inspiration for the design of the Trade Dollar. He also designed the Gobrecht Dollar, which was struck in small quantities from 1836 to 1838 and later inspired the Flying Eagle cent. There is extant documentation showing that Gobrecht worked for the mint as early as 1823 immediately upon the death of the first chief engraver Robert Scot. This was only a temporary appointment until a new chief engraver William Kneass was hired in January 1824.

He also engraved and sold letter and numeral punches to the mint from this point forward and provided a pattern die to the United States Mint in 1826 (of which no examples exist). He became not an assistant but a "Second" engraver in September 1835 after Kneass suffered a debilitating stroke on August 27 of that year. After Kneass' stroke, most all pattern and die work was done by Gobrecht from then on, including the Gobrecht Dollars, which were minted briefly in small quantities from 1836 to 1839. Shortly after Kneass' death in 1840, Gobrecht was appointed Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint on December 21, 1840. During his tenure of Chief Engraver of the mint, Gobrecht produced perhaps what he is mainly known for, the Seated Liberty dollar, based on sketches by Thomas Sully, and Titian Peale. That design remained on U.S. coinage as late as 1891 Gobrecht died in July 1844; his place as chief engraver was taken by James B. Longacre.

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