Category Archives: Christian Gobrecht

Top Pop 1849 Liberty Head $2.50 Featured in Stack’s Bowers March Las Vegas Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1849 quarter eagle is a rare and underrated Philadelphia Mint issue from the early days of Christian Gobrecht’s Coronet, or Liberty Head, design type. The mintage of 23,294 quarter eagles in 1849 was subject to considerable circulation and attrition upon release, leaving just about 115 […]

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Gem No Arrows 1853 Eliasberg Seated Liberty Quarter Offered by GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. At GreatCollections on Sunday, December 6, bidding ends for this 1853 No Arrows Seated Liberty quarter, graded MS-66 by PCGS and approved by CAC. This piece was also part of the famed Eliasberg Collection. The honor of top pop 1853 No Arrows quarter at PCGS goes to a pair of quarters graded […]

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GreatCollections Offering Rare Mint State 1871-CC Seated Liberty Dollar

By CoinWeek …. Bidding ends Sunday, November 29 at GreatCollections.com for this toned 1871-CC Seated Liberty silver dollar, graded MS-61 by PCGS. A key date in the Seated Liberty dollar series, the 1871-CC has the lowest mintage of the four Carson City Mint issues, with only 1,376 struck. In spite of this, more 1871-CCs–many of […]

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The Engraved Pattern “Mature Head” Cent Design Model

A Window Into the Mind of Christian Gobrecht   By Rexford Goldbaum ….. Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Penny Wise, the official publication of Early American Coppers. Click here for more information about this vital organization for copper collectors. In the absence of contemporary documentation denoting the details of issuance of early Proof […]

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Classic Coin Profile: United States 1838-O Dime

Description The New Orleans Mint was one of three branches of the United States Mint authorized to be opened by the Coinage Act of March 3, 1835. The same Act authorized the opening of an important assay office in New York City. The Louisiana facility was built on land donated to the federal government by […]

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New Reference Book for Classic Head Gold Coins Now Available

United States Classic Gold Coins of 1834-1839   Buy the book before the coin. Sage advice if there is a book to buy. Every coin series in U.S. history has a book dedicated to it except one: Classic Gold. Minted from 1834 to 1839 and falling between the series of the old standard preceding it […]

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Cameo 1903 Liberty Gold Half Eagle Proof Major Highlight of Sunday’s GreatCollections Auction

By CoinWeek ….   Sunday evening on December 15, bidding ends on GreatCollections for this Proof 1903 Liberty Head Gold Half Eagle, graded PR-66 CAM in a gold shield holder by PCGS and approved by CAC. A rare coin due to its mintage of 154, as of this writing PCGS reports a grand total of […]

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United States 1860 Seated Liberty Dime

Description: The Seated Liberty (or Liberty Seated) dime debuted in 1837 and underwent a number of design modifications over the course of its 54-year run. In 1837, United States Mint engraver (and soon to be Chief Engraver) Christian Gobrecht’s design debuted with a fairly clean, yet simple obverse that featured a seated Liberty accompanied only […]

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CoinWeek IQ: From Half Disme to Half Dime

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Quite a few denominations have been introduced and retired throughout our history, and while the half dime lives on in spirit through the nickel, the original small silver pieces are virtually unknown outside of the numismatic community. They tend to receive less attention than their larger counterparts, so let’s […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Gem Proof 1837 No Stars Dime

Chief Engraver William Kneass suffered a stroke before he could finalize the design for the Seated Liberty motif, which replaced the Capped Bust design on U.S. silver coinage in the late 1830s. The talented Christian Gobrecht took over the project and completed the design, based on earlier contributions from Kneass, Thomas Sully, and Titian Peale. […]

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United States 1887 Liberty Seated Half Dollar

Description: U.S. Circulating Coin Production in 1887 – Putting the 1887 Half in Context In 1887, the Philadelphia Mint handled U.S. coin production for all of the minor denominations, the silver dollar, and gold denominations up to $10, with the exception of the half eagle, which was only struck for circulation at the San Francisco […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Part 32: Liberty Seated Dimes 1838-60

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #396 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Liberty Seated dimes were minted from 1837 to 1891. The legend ‘United States of America’ was moved from the reverse to the obverse in 1860. Although truly scarce, Liberty Seated dimes with the […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Part 31: Liberty Seated Half Dimes

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #386 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Overall, there are nine design types of half dimes, five of which are in the series of Liberty Seated half dimes. It is somewhat easy to collect these ‘by date’ (including U.S. Mint […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies – Building a Type Set of U.S. $10 Gold Eagle Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #357 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Just seven coins are needed for a regular type set of gold eagles (U.S. $10 Gold eagle coins). The purpose here is to discuss building such a set without spending a fortune, […]

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Classic US Coins: 1916—The Year of Reform and Great Numismatic Treasures

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. 2016—Golden centennial tributes commemorate inspired individuality A touch of early fall weather with temperatures at night dropping to the rather chilly mid-30s made it abundantly clear that the next season is at hand. With cooler temps enhancing the colorful foliage, which for the most part is still […]

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U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 3: Three Cent Pieces

Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #351 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. This is the third in a series on collecting U.S. patterns without spending as much as $5,000 USD on any one piece. Although patterns are not coins, some did circulate as coins and patterns are often collected along with […]

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Gem 1838-O No Stars Dime at November 2016 Baltimore Rarities Night Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers ….. The No Stars Liberty Seated dimes of 1837 and 1838 are often considered Gobrecht’s little masterpieces. Uncluttered by stars on either side, Liberty sits majestically at center, placed upon a perfectly sized canvas that allows appreciation of the obverse motif without being distracted by the […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 22: Braided Hair Half Cents

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #347 U.S. half cents were first struck in 1793, and Braided Hair half cents were introduced in 1840. It is generally believed, though, that all half cents dating from 1840 to 1848 are Proofs. Indeed, standard references imply that no […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 21: Matron Head Large Cents

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #343 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …… For less than $500 per coin, an extensive and impressive collection of early U.S. copper coins could be assembled ‘by date.’ Although Matron Head large cents could be […]

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The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 13: Probable Finest Known ‘Broken 3’ 1823 Capped Bust Half Dollar

LOT 3047 – 1823 Capped Bust Half Dollar  Broken 3  Mint State-65+ (PCGS) Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #317 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …… On Tuesday, February 9, Stack’s Bowers, in cooperation with Sotheby’s, will conduct the third in […]

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Visiting The New Orleans Mint

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek…. If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out the New Orleans Mint in person, I recommend you stop by the next time you’re in The Big Easy. I was just passing through Louisiana on a business trip and had only a few hours to spend in the Crescent City, […]

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NGC Authenticates Newly Reported Gobrecht Brass Hub Reduction

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has authenticated a previously unreported brass hub reduction produced at the United States Mint from an eagle designed by famed US Mint Engraver Christian Gobrecht. A hub reduction represents a transitional piece between the sculpted model and the hub used to create coining dies. This square piece came to NGC in […]

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