The 1838 Gobrecht dollar struck in copper with plain edge.
The listing of this in copper with a reeded edge J86/P95 has been discredited.
It is a fantasy restrike deliberately made for sale to collectors in the late 1860s to mid 1870s and were struck in die alignment III. These all show the following reverse die characteristics.
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Only 2 examples are known as follows:
1) Parmelee 6/1890 lot 30, Reed, Durham Museum - illustrated above.
Photo from the Byron Reed Collection; owned by the City of Omaha, Nebraska; on loan to The Durham Museum.
2) Gschwend (Elder 6/08 lot D), Brand #44162, Boyd (per B.G. Johnson 7/16/41 invoice), Farouk-Sotheby’s 2/54 lot 1724, Harmer Rooke 11/69 lot 3740, Stacks 12/94 lot 1085 at $22,000, Sotheby’s 6/96 at $16,500, B/M 1/97 at $14,300 as NGC63BN, Stacks 1/08, Dr. Korein, ANS - cleaned, hairlined, retoned - PCGS63RB and illustrated below. Photo courtesy of Bowers and Merena
These were also struck in silver as follows:
Reeded edge J84/P93. These are known in both alignment III and alignment IV. Both originals from perfect reverse dies and restrikes with lightly cracked reverse dies are known.
Plain edge J85/P94. These are restrikes made in the 1870s in alignment III with the reverse die cracks through the 'MERI' in 'America' in its most advanced state.
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