1838 $1 J-84 Restrike PR (PCGS# 11352)
The March 2012 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 4120
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Glorious quality for the specialist as most of these historic pieces have been cleaned or are otherwise diminished. Here is a near Gem that boasts exceptional gunmetal-blue toning that spans the liquid silver reflectivity of the fields and tucks into the folds of Liberty's dress along with the microscopic nuances of the eagle's feathers. Boldly struck throughout and carefully preserved with no handling issues of any significance. The eye appeal is endless, and a coin with mesmerizing qualities that are seldom found and always appreciated. One of the most popular of these rare Gobrecht issues, which were struck in limited numbers at various times to satisfy the handful of collectors of generations past. Today these cherished relics are being studied again, with new and relevant discoveries being made as to their historic creation, keeping numismatics alive and well in these impressive and desirable silver dollars.<br />
<strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers</strong><br />
Of the three dates of Gobrecht dollars -- 1836, 1838, and 1839 -- in a combination of original and restrike formats, the 1838 is the key. The present piece is very attractive and will find a home in a high level collection.