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Lot 3143

1836 Pattern Gold Dollar. Gold, plain edge. PCGS graded Proof 64. PCGS #13819130. A sparkling Proof with light golden toning. Indeed, an almost astonishing near-gem of the best possible order for the grade whose reflective surfaces play host to robust, detailed devices. On the obverse, the engraver (Gobrecht) placed a radiated liberty cap with LIBERTY on the band. For the simpler reverse, 1 D is encircled by a palm branch; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1836 around for an eye-catching design. Pop 4; 6 finer; 3 in 65; 3 in 66. (PCGS # 11260) .

This year is notable for the appearance of Patterns for two denominations which were not regularly issued until many years later, the two?cent piece and the gold dollar. In the early part of the year, Gobrecht interrupted his work on the second obverse of the silver dollar that bears his name to make the dies for the Pattern gold dollar. The dies were completed and specimens struck before March 14, 1836, for a letter of that date from the Director to the Secretary of the Treasury enclosed a specimen in gold.
Estimated Value $20,000 - 25,000.

Realized $23,000

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