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    July 25, 1837

    SELECTIONS FROM THE POGUE COLLECTION, PART V

    03/12/2017

    also set by human hands shows the reverse to be a few degrees left of proper coin turn After the Liberty Seated design was introduced on the dollar denomination in 1836 it was shrunk to size for the half dime and dime denominations in early 1837 followed by the quarter dollar in 1838 and the half dollar in 1839 The half dime the smallest showcase of the Gobrecht design was first struck on July 25, 1837 quot I have the pleasure to send you herewith 20 half dimes of the new emission quot Mint Director Robert Maskell Patterson wrote to Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury that day quot You will see that they are fair similes of the new dimes quot Walter Breen suggested that all 20 pieces were Proofs though the letter does not specify PCGS has certified an 1837 Proof on 10 occasions though t


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    Gobrecht Journal #1

    12/15/1974

    enclosing the denomination and surrounded by our nation s identity Of course all this new die work had to be shoehorned into a schedule already calling for large numbers of dies for cents and half dollars in existing designs After the final deliveries of Capped Bust half dimes i some 871 000 pieces from three pairs of working dies January June 1837 the new working dies were ready and on July 25, 1837 some 20 Proofs were struck commemo rating the inception of the new design One of these was placed by Adam Eckfeldt into what would the next year be officially named the Mint Cabinet Collection now on indefinite loan at the Smithsonian Institution Others went to the Secretary of Treasury for presentation to a variety of VIPs at least a dozen are traceable today some of them evidently kept a


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    The Clarion, vol. 5, no. 1

    4/1/1988 Pennsylvania



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    E-Gobrecht, vol. 4, no. 1

    1/1/2008

    2008 Volume 4 Issue I January 2008 Page 13 25 coins continued from page 12 5 1837 No Stars 5c Proof So now we re into my top five and some serious opportunities What we have here or may wish we had is one of the very first Seated half dimes On July 25, 1837 some few dozen proof half dimes were distributed to Mint personnel in their celebration of the first successful run of this denomination on the new Seated design I find this to be a rather inspir ing piece of historical information to tie to this key coin If you have the wherewithal and the cour age of your convictions do not think twice if one of these is offered near double sheet I feel


    Read more

    Gobrecht Journal #1

    12/15/1974

    enclosing the denomination and surrounded by our nation s identity Of course all this new die work had to be shoehorned into a schedule already calling for large numbers of dies for cents and half dollars in existing designs After the final deliveries of Capped Bust half dimes i some 871 000 pieces from three pairs of working dies January June 1837 the new working dies were ready and on July 25, 1837 some 20 Proofs were struck commemo rating the inception of the new design One of these was placed by Adam Eckfeldt into what would the next year be officially named the Mint Cabinet Collection now on indefinite loan at the Smithsonian Institution Others went to the Secretary of Treasury for presentation to a variety of VIPs at least a dozen are traceable today some of them evidently kept a


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    The Clarion, vol. 5, no. 1

    4/1/1988 Pennsylvania



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    E-Gobrecht, vol. 4, no. 1

    1/1/2008

    2008 Volume 4 Issue I January 2008 Page 13 25 coins continued from page 12 5 1837 No Stars 5c Proof So now we re into my top five and some serious opportunities What we have here or may wish we had is one of the very first Seated half dimes On July 25, 1837 some few dozen proof half dimes were distributed to Mint personnel in their celebration of the first successful run of this denomination on the new Seated design I find this to be a rather inspir ing piece of historical information to tie to this key coin If you have the wherewithal and the cour age of your convictions do not think twice if one of these is offered near double sheet I feel


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    The TNA News, January-Febrary 2013

    1/1/2013

    t had begun looking for a replacement to bring uniformity to the American coins in circulation in particular the silver and gold coins New designs were introduced for Christian Gobrecht both half dimes and dimes in 1837 3rd Chief Engraver with new designs following for the US Mint larger denominations over the next few years Variety 1 No Stars on Obverse This design went into production on July 25, 1837 with the minting of 20 proof pieces Lady Liberty faces the left on the obverse of the coin She is sitting on a rock or stone pedestal holding the shield of the United States which has a scroll bearing the legend LIBERTY draped across it Lady Liberty is wearing a chiton which is a long flowing tunic typically worn by men and women of ancient Greece Variety 1 No Stars on Obverse The reverse d


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    Brussels Collection: Paper Money of North America



    e upper 4 is missing and there are several body tears and a I tear at the top all repaired on the back The 4 is VF plus but stained 2 Pcs Thomas and William Molson 30 sous 18 37 Proof on card Unc 3 francs 18 37 Proof on card Unc 3 francs 4 May 20 1837 Good with stains and small pieces missing from both ends Wm Morrison 30 sous Nov 4 1837 James Watts Co 60 sous July 25, 1837 and Sefton and Beaudet 30 sous July 8 1837 VG with some tears and edge damage The last note is not listed by Charlton 3 Pcs Felix Plante 6 12 and 15 sous Aug 9 1837 VF to EF some with yellow stains Unsigned and unnumbered 3 Pcs 20 30 and 60 sous Aug 9 1 837 VF to EF some with yellow stains The 30 sous is signed and numbered and is rare as such 3 Pcs Francois Plante 30 pence


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    Brussels Collection: Paper Money of North America



    e upper 4 is missing and there are several body tears and a I tear at the top all repaired on the back The 4 is VF plus but stained 2 Pcs Thomas and William Molson 30 sous 18 37 Proof on card Unc 3 francs 18 37 Proof on card Unc 3 francs 4 May 20 1837 Good with stains and small pieces missing from both ends Wm Morrison 30 sous Nov 4 1837 James Watts Co 60 sous July 25, 1837 and Sefton and Beaudet 30 sous July 8 1837 VG with some tears and edge damage The last note is not listed by Charlton 3 Pcs Felix Plante 6 12 and 15 sous Aug 9 1837 VF to EF some with yellow stains Unsigned and unnumbered 3 Pcs 20 30 and 60 sous Aug 9 1 837 VF to EF some with yellow stains The 30 sous is signed and numbered and is rare as such 3 Pcs Francois Plante 30 pence


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    U.S. Gold, Silver & Copper Coins



    Gem Brilliant Proof lovely russet gold toning with splashes of blue at rims Extremely sharp strike on Liberty and the wreath deeply mirrored fields under the toning Faint planchet roller lines on reverse between HALF and DIME as made not uncommon on early pieces including Proofs visible only under a glass and not detracting from the beauty of this specimen One of 20 25 pieces struck on July 25, 1837 to mark the introduction of this new design on the Half Dimes Breen listed 7 specimens and had seen others We feel that about a dozen still survive including some badly cleaned examples This speci men which has the longest pedigree of any is certainly one of the finest known Ex A NA Convention Sale Superior lot 154 August 1975 previously from the Gilhousen Sale Superior lot 166


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    75th Anniversary Sale



    Christian Gobrecht The surfaces are generally light silver with a few areas that show golden russet hues typical of silver coinage Naturally the strike is bold throughout and the date is double punched low with the 8 clearly triple punched low On the reverse the die is well made and this coin is fully struck on the wreath Perhaps 20 Proofs exist from this tiny initial striking of these on July 25, 1837 and most were given out to dignitaries or other special friends of the mint Minor hairlines account for the grade which come and go when tilted under a light and the reverse has a bit of hazy patina on that side PCGS has only graded 10 examples of these in Proof confirming the tremendous rarity of this two year type coin and initial strikings of the denomination by Christian Gobrecht An imp


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    The D. Brent Pogue Collection, Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part V



    also set by human hands shows the reverse to be a few degrees left of proper coin turn After the Liberty Seated design was introduced on the dollar denomination in 1836 it was shrunk to size for the half dime and dime denominations in early 1837 followed by the quarter dollar in 1838 and the half dollar in 1839 The half dime the smallest showcase of the Gobrecht design was first struck on July 25, 1837 I have the pleasure to send you herewith 20 half dimes of the new emission Mint Director Robert MaskeU Patterson wrote to Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury that day You will see that they are fair similes of the new dimes Walter Breen suggested that all 20 pieces were Proofs though the letter does not specify PCGS has certified an 1837 Proof on 10 occasions though this figure is undoubt


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    The D. Brent Pogue Collection, Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part V



    Breen frequently mentions without citation a letter delivering 20 new dimes dated June 30 1837 this missive has evolved between his 1950s publications to those in the 1980s from a letter present ing new dimes to an order that the newly completed Go brecht dies be placed into the dime press to create some 30 brilliant proofs for presentation to Treasury officials and otherVIPs A July 25, 1837 letter presenting a small group of new half dimes to the Treasury Secretary does mention that dimes had already been produced and calls the new half dimes fine similes of the new dimes The June 30 1837 date for initial distribution of new dimes is likely correct and those new dimes could well have been Proofs but confirming either of those likelihoods as facts is perhaps impossible Were it


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    Kagin's 1987 Atlanta Sale



    ars 1837 1838 1436 1805 V l EF 45 Well struck on the centers but weak on the obverse from 12 to 6 o clock around rims Some of the hair details not up as always found Breen rates an R 4 and very scarce in high grade Although rare not as rare as is generally supposed 1443 1837 V l Large curved date pointed 1 PF 63 Apparently one of the nine or 10 survivors of the 20 proofs struck on July 25, 1837 Triple cutting on the 8 is diagnostic A rare type issue in proof and certainly in demand Dark blue steel color and attractive Capped Bust 1829 1837 Very Rare 1829 Proof Half Dime 1437 1829 V 7 PF 64 near Gem This proof with the distinctive reverse with scroll beginning under E of UNITED was reported as the only one seen by Breen the former Brand New Netherlands coin Although this


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    Gobrecht Journal #1

    12/15/1974

    enclosing the denomination and surrounded by our nation s identity Of course all this new die work had to be shoehorned into a schedule already calling for large numbers of dies for cents and half dollars in existing designs After the final deliveries of Capped Bust half dimes i some 871 000 pieces from three pairs of working dies January June 1837 the new working dies were ready and on July 25, 1837 some 20 Proofs were struck commemo rating the inception of the new design One of these was placed by Adam Eckfeldt into what would the next year be officially named the Mint Cabinet Collection now on indefinite loan at the Smithsonian Institution Others went to the Secretary of Treasury for presentation to a variety of VIPs at least a dozen are traceable today some of them evidently kept a


    Read more

    The Clarion, vol. 5, no. 1

    4/1/1988 Pennsylvania



    Read more

    Brussels Collection: Paper Money of North America



    e upper 4 is missing and there are several body tears and a I tear at the top all repaired on the back The 4 is VF plus but stained 2 Pcs Thomas and William Molson 30 sous 18 37 Proof on card Unc 3 francs 18 37 Proof on card Unc 3 francs 4 May 20 1837 Good with stains and small pieces missing from both ends Wm Morrison 30 sous Nov 4 1837 James Watts Co 60 sous July 25, 1837 and Sefton and Beaudet 30 sous July 8 1837 VG with some tears and edge damage The last note is not listed by Charlton 3 Pcs Felix Plante 6 12 and 15 sous Aug 9 1837 VF to EF some with yellow stains Unsigned and unnumbered 3 Pcs 20 30 and 60 sous Aug 9 1 837 VF to EF some with yellow stains The 30 sous is signed and numbered and is rare as such 3 Pcs Francois Plante 30 pence


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    E-Gobrecht, vol. 4, no. 1

    1/1/2008

    2008 Volume 4 Issue I January 2008 Page 13 25 coins continued from page 12 5 1837 No Stars 5c Proof So now we re into my top five and some serious opportunities What we have here or may wish we had is one of the very first Seated half dimes On July 25, 1837 some few dozen proof half dimes were distributed to Mint personnel in their celebration of the first successful run of this denomination on the new Seated design I find this to be a rather inspir ing piece of historical information to tie to this key coin If you have the wherewithal and the cour age of your convictions do not think twice if one of these is offered near double sheet I feel


    Read more

    U.S. Gold, Silver & Copper Coins



    Gem Brilliant Proof lovely russet gold toning with splashes of blue at rims Extremely sharp strike on Liberty and the wreath deeply mirrored fields under the toning Faint planchet roller lines on reverse between HALF and DIME as made not uncommon on early pieces including Proofs visible only under a glass and not detracting from the beauty of this specimen One of 20 25 pieces struck on July 25, 1837 to mark the introduction of this new design on the Half Dimes Breen listed 7 specimens and had seen others We feel that about a dozen still survive including some badly cleaned examples This speci men which has the longest pedigree of any is certainly one of the finest known Ex A NA Convention Sale Superior lot 154 August 1975 previously from the Gilhousen Sale Superior lot 166


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    United States Gold, Silver and Copper Coins



    long ago This appealing coin is one of only eight Proofs known to the late Walter Breen In his authentication letter from the Institute of Numis matic Authenticators he described this as a gen uine 1857 Proof Half Dime It is from the same dies as the other 7 I have examined earliest state of Valentine 1 double cut date triple 8 die file marks on denticles above STA one of 20 made on July 25, 1837 to celebrate inception of the new design this carries its own credentials despite one small contact mark just below terminal leaf on left branch In custom lucite holder accompa nied by photocopy of Breen letter Lot No 135 135 1837 No Stars Large Date Another Brilliant Proof close to choice This tiny jewel boasts a razor sharp strike peaked 1 and double cut 8 in the date The fie


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    Numismatic Images on American Paper Currencies, The Lawrence R. Stack Collection



    n this issuer Printed on watermarked paper The vignette is rather fuzzy on this note without an imprint The paper has a light natural tone to it and deep embossing Ex TOREX Sale Moore s Numismatic Auctions Inc February 24 26 2005 lot 1083 Robert A Vlack Collection I 4515 E D Masson Beauharnois Lower Canada Sixty Sous or Two Shillings and Six Pence or Un Ecu or Half a Dollar July 25, 1837 Very Fine Fully issued note Moderate format size scrip note Imprint of Imprimerie de Louis Perrault a Montreal French and English texts Top center Capped Bust Half Dollar reverse Denomination in left panel Rarity 6 six to 10 known A rare issuer and the only example in the collection The grade is excellent and this is an important note for the Canadian scrip note specialist Ex TOREX


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    Numismatic Images on American Paper Currencies, The Lawrence R. Stack Collection



    ot help collectors that the last major listings were in the 1977 Charlton book Vastly undervalued as a series and quite a lovely note This has the look of Gem at first glance Ex TOREX Sale Moore s Numismatic Auctions Inc February 24 26 2005 lot 1094 Robert A Vlack Collection Very Rare Issued Scott Co Scrip 4526 W H Scott Co St Eustache Lower Canada 15 Sous or 7 1 2 Pence July 25, 1837 Very Good Eully issued note Moderate format size scrip Imprint of Imprimerie de Louis Perrault a Montreal Erench and English text At top center Spanish Colonial Real reverse Ornate end panels Rarity 7 one to five known or at worst a High Rarity 6 Not in the Vlack Collection and the only note of the issuer in this collection Honest wear with some thins and petty edge nicks This is t


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    75th Anniversary Sale



    Christian Gobrecht The surfaces are generally light silver with a few areas that show golden russet hues typical of silver coinage Naturally the strike is bold throughout and the date is double punched low with the 8 clearly triple punched low On the reverse the die is well made and this coin is fully struck on the wreath Perhaps 20 Proofs exist from this tiny initial striking of these on July 25, 1837 and most were given out to dignitaries or other special friends of the mint Minor hairlines account for the grade which come and go when tilted under a light and the reverse has a bit of hazy patina on that side PCGS has only graded 10 examples of these in Proof confirming the tremendous rarity of this two year type coin and initial strikings of the denomination by Christian Gobrecht An imp


    Read more

    The D. Brent Pogue Collection, Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part V



    also set by human hands shows the reverse to be a few degrees left of proper coin turn After the Liberty Seated design was introduced on the dollar denomination in 1836 it was shrunk to size for the half dime and dime denominations in early 1837 followed by the quarter dollar in 1838 and the half dollar in 1839 The half dime the smallest showcase of the Gobrecht design was first struck on July 25, 1837 I have the pleasure to send you herewith 20 half dimes of the new emission Mint Director Robert MaskeU Patterson wrote to Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury that day You will see that they are fair similes of the new dimes Walter Breen suggested that all 20 pieces were Proofs though the letter does not specify PCGS has certified an 1837 Proof on 10 occasions though this figure is undoubt


    Read more

    The D. Brent Pogue Collection, Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part V



    Breen frequently mentions without citation a letter delivering 20 new dimes dated June 30 1837 this missive has evolved between his 1950s publications to those in the 1980s from a letter present ing new dimes to an order that the newly completed Go brecht dies be placed into the dime press to create some 30 brilliant proofs for presentation to Treasury officials and otherVIPs A July 25, 1837 letter presenting a small group of new half dimes to the Treasury Secretary does mention that dimes had already been produced and calls the new half dimes fine similes of the new dimes The June 30 1837 date for initial distribution of new dimes is likely correct and those new dimes could well have been Proofs but confirming either of those likelihoods as facts is perhaps impossible Were it


    Read more

    The TNA News, January-Febrary 2013

    1/1/2013

    t had begun looking for a replacement to bring uniformity to the American coins in circulation in particular the silver and gold coins New designs were introduced for Christian Gobrecht both half dimes and dimes in 1837 3rd Chief Engraver with new designs following for the US Mint larger denominations over the next few years Variety 1 No Stars on Obverse This design went into production on July 25, 1837 with the minting of 20 proof pieces Lady Liberty faces the left on the obverse of the coin She is sitting on a rock or stone pedestal holding the shield of the United States which has a scroll bearing the legend LIBERTY draped across it Lady Liberty is wearing a chiton which is a long flowing tunic typically worn by men and women of ancient Greece Variety 1 No Stars on Obverse The reverse d


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    Kagin's 1987 Atlanta Sale



    ars 1837 1838 1436 1805 V l EF 45 Well struck on the centers but weak on the obverse from 12 to 6 o clock around rims Some of the hair details not up as always found Breen rates an R 4 and very scarce in high grade Although rare not as rare as is generally supposed 1443 1837 V l Large curved date pointed 1 PF 63 Apparently one of the nine or 10 survivors of the 20 proofs struck on July 25, 1837 Triple cutting on the 8 is diagnostic A rare type issue in proof and certainly in demand Dark blue steel color and attractive Capped Bust 1829 1837 Very Rare 1829 Proof Half Dime 1437 1829 V 7 PF 64 near Gem This proof with the distinctive reverse with scroll beginning under E of UNITED was reported as the only one seen by Breen the former Brand New Netherlands coin Although this


    Read more

    Kagin's 1987 Atlanta Sale



    ars 1837 1838 1436 1805 V l EF 45 Well struck on the centers but weak on the obverse from 12 to 6 o clock around rims Some of the hair details not up as always found Breen rates an R 4 and very scarce in high grade Although rare not as rare as is generally supposed 1443 1837 V l Large curved date pointed 1 PF 63 Apparently one of the nine or 10 survivors of the 20 proofs struck on July 25, 1837 Triple cutting on the 8 is diagnostic A rare type issue in proof and certainly in demand Dark blue steel color and attractive Capped Bust 1829 1837 Very Rare 1829 Proof Half Dime 1437 1829 V 7 PF 64 near Gem This proof with the distinctive reverse with scroll beginning under E of UNITED was reported as the only one seen by Breen the former Brand New Netherlands coin Although this


    Read more

    Gobrecht Journal #1

    12/15/1974

    enclosing the denomination and surrounded by our nation s identity Of course all this new die work had to be shoehorned into a schedule already calling for large numbers of dies for cents and half dollars in existing designs After the final deliveries of Capped Bust half dimes i some 871 000 pieces from three pairs of working dies January June 1837 the new working dies were ready and on July 25, 1837 some 20 Proofs were struck commemo rating the inception of the new design One of these was placed by Adam Eckfeldt into what would the next year be officially named the Mint Cabinet Collection now on indefinite loan at the Smithsonian Institution Others went to the Secretary of Treasury for presentation to a variety of VIPs at least a dozen are traceable today some of them evidently kept a


    Read more

    The Clarion, vol. 5, no. 1

    4/1/1988 Pennsylvania



    Read more

    Brussels Collection: Paper Money of North America



    e upper 4 is missing and there are several body tears and a I tear at the top all repaired on the back The 4 is VF plus but stained 2 Pcs Thomas and William Molson 30 sous 18 37 Proof on card Unc 3 francs 18 37 Proof on card Unc 3 francs 4 May 20 1837 Good with stains and small pieces missing from both ends Wm Morrison 30 sous Nov 4 1837 James Watts Co 60 sous July 25, 1837 and Sefton and Beaudet 30 sous July 8 1837 VG with some tears and edge damage The last note is not listed by Charlton 3 Pcs Felix Plante 6 12 and 15 sous Aug 9 1837 VF to EF some with yellow stains Unsigned and unnumbered 3 Pcs 20 30 and 60 sous Aug 9 1 837 VF to EF some with yellow stains The 30 sous is signed and numbered and is rare as such 3 Pcs Francois Plante 30 pence


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    E-Gobrecht, vol. 4, no. 1

    1/1/2008

    2008 Volume 4 Issue I January 2008 Page 13 25 coins continued from page 12 5 1837 No Stars 5c Proof So now we re into my top five and some serious opportunities What we have here or may wish we had is one of the very first Seated half dimes On July 25, 1837 some few dozen proof half dimes were distributed to Mint personnel in their celebration of the first successful run of this denomination on the new Seated design I find this to be a rather inspir ing piece of historical information to tie to this key coin If you have the wherewithal and the cour age of your convictions do not think twice if one of these is offered near double sheet I feel


    Read more

    U.S. Gold, Silver & Copper Coins



    Gem Brilliant Proof lovely russet gold toning with splashes of blue at rims Extremely sharp strike on Liberty and the wreath deeply mirrored fields under the toning Faint planchet roller lines on reverse between HALF and DIME as made not uncommon on early pieces including Proofs visible only under a glass and not detracting from the beauty of this specimen One of 20 25 pieces struck on July 25, 1837 to mark the introduction of this new design on the Half Dimes Breen listed 7 specimens and had seen others We feel that about a dozen still survive including some badly cleaned examples This speci men which has the longest pedigree of any is certainly one of the finest known Ex A NA Convention Sale Superior lot 154 August 1975 previously from the Gilhousen Sale Superior lot 166


    Read more

    United States Gold, Silver and Copper Coins



    long ago This appealing coin is one of only eight Proofs known to the late Walter Breen In his authentication letter from the Institute of Numis matic Authenticators he described this as a gen uine 1857 Proof Half Dime It is from the same dies as the other 7 I have examined earliest state of Valentine 1 double cut date triple 8 die file marks on denticles above STA one of 20 made on July 25, 1837 to celebrate inception of the new design this carries its own credentials despite one small contact mark just below terminal leaf on left branch In custom lucite holder accompa nied by photocopy of Breen letter Lot No 135 135 1837 No Stars Large Date Another Brilliant Proof close to choice This tiny jewel boasts a razor sharp strike peaked 1 and double cut 8 in the date The fie


    Read more

    Numismatic Images on American Paper Currencies, The Lawrence R. Stack Collection



    n this issuer Printed on watermarked paper The vignette is rather fuzzy on this note without an imprint The paper has a light natural tone to it and deep embossing Ex TOREX Sale Moore s Numismatic Auctions Inc February 24 26 2005 lot 1083 Robert A Vlack Collection I 4515 E D Masson Beauharnois Lower Canada Sixty Sous or Two Shillings and Six Pence or Un Ecu or Half a Dollar July 25, 1837 Very Fine Fully issued note Moderate format size scrip note Imprint of Imprimerie de Louis Perrault a Montreal French and English texts Top center Capped Bust Half Dollar reverse Denomination in left panel Rarity 6 six to 10 known A rare issuer and the only example in the collection The grade is excellent and this is an important note for the Canadian scrip note specialist Ex TOREX


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    Numismatic Images on American Paper Currencies, The Lawrence R. Stack Collection



    ot help collectors that the last major listings were in the 1977 Charlton book Vastly undervalued as a series and quite a lovely note This has the look of Gem at first glance Ex TOREX Sale Moore s Numismatic Auctions Inc February 24 26 2005 lot 1094 Robert A Vlack Collection Very Rare Issued Scott Co Scrip 4526 W H Scott Co St Eustache Lower Canada 15 Sous or 7 1 2 Pence July 25, 1837 Very Good Eully issued note Moderate format size scrip Imprint of Imprimerie de Louis Perrault a Montreal Erench and English text At top center Spanish Colonial Real reverse Ornate end panels Rarity 7 one to five known or at worst a High Rarity 6 Not in the Vlack Collection and the only note of the issuer in this collection Honest wear with some thins and petty edge nicks This is t


    Read more

    75th Anniversary Sale



    Christian Gobrecht The surfaces are generally light silver with a few areas that show golden russet hues typical of silver coinage Naturally the strike is bold throughout and the date is double punched low with the 8 clearly triple punched low On the reverse the die is well made and this coin is fully struck on the wreath Perhaps 20 Proofs exist from this tiny initial striking of these on July 25, 1837 and most were given out to dignitaries or other special friends of the mint Minor hairlines account for the grade which come and go when tilted under a light and the reverse has a bit of hazy patina on that side PCGS has only graded 10 examples of these in Proof confirming the tremendous rarity of this two year type coin and initial strikings of the denomination by Christian Gobrecht An imp


    Read more

    The D. Brent Pogue Collection, Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part V



    also set by human hands shows the reverse to be a few degrees left of proper coin turn After the Liberty Seated design was introduced on the dollar denomination in 1836 it was shrunk to size for the half dime and dime denominations in early 1837 followed by the quarter dollar in 1838 and the half dollar in 1839 The half dime the smallest showcase of the Gobrecht design was first struck on July 25, 1837 I have the pleasure to send you herewith 20 half dimes of the new emission Mint Director Robert MaskeU Patterson wrote to Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury that day You will see that they are fair similes of the new dimes Walter Breen suggested that all 20 pieces were Proofs though the letter does not specify PCGS has certified an 1837 Proof on 10 occasions though this figure is undoubt


    Read more

    The D. Brent Pogue Collection, Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part V



    Breen frequently mentions without citation a letter delivering 20 new dimes dated June 30 1837 this missive has evolved between his 1950s publications to those in the 1980s from a letter present ing new dimes to an order that the newly completed Go brecht dies be placed into the dime press to create some 30 brilliant proofs for presentation to Treasury officials and otherVIPs A July 25, 1837 letter presenting a small group of new half dimes to the Treasury Secretary does mention that dimes had already been produced and calls the new half dimes fine similes of the new dimes The June 30 1837 date for initial distribution of new dimes is likely correct and those new dimes could well have been Proofs but confirming either of those likelihoods as facts is perhaps impossible Were it


    Read more

    The TNA News, January-Febrary 2013

    1/1/2013

    t had begun looking for a replacement to bring uniformity to the American coins in circulation in particular the silver and gold coins New designs were introduced for Christian Gobrecht both half dimes and dimes in 1837 3rd Chief Engraver with new designs following for the US Mint larger denominations over the next few years Variety 1 No Stars on Obverse This design went into production on July 25, 1837 with the minting of 20 proof pieces Lady Liberty faces the left on the obverse of the coin She is sitting on a rock or stone pedestal holding the shield of the United States which has a scroll bearing the legend LIBERTY draped across it Lady Liberty is wearing a chiton which is a long flowing tunic typically worn by men and women of ancient Greece Variety 1 No Stars on Obverse The reverse d


    Read more

    Kagin's 1987 Atlanta Sale



    ars 1837 1838 1436 1805 V l EF 45 Well struck on the centers but weak on the obverse from 12 to 6 o clock around rims Some of the hair details not up as always found Breen rates an R 4 and very scarce in high grade Although rare not as rare as is generally supposed 1443 1837 V l Large curved date pointed 1 PF 63 Apparently one of the nine or 10 survivors of the 20 proofs struck on July 25, 1837 Triple cutting on the 8 is diagnostic A rare type issue in proof and certainly in demand Dark blue steel color and attractive Capped Bust 1829 1837 Very Rare 1829 Proof Half Dime 1437 1829 V 7 PF 64 near Gem This proof with the distinctive reverse with scroll beginning under E of UNITED was reported as the only one seen by Breen the former Brand New Netherlands coin Although this


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    The Numismatist, November 2003

    11/1/2003 ANA Numismatist

    up with unprecedented production resulting from introduction of the steam pow ered coin press Mint Director Robert Masked Patterson asked him to create a new more artistic design for the sil ver dollar Gobrecht s adaptation of Thomas Sully s Seated Liberty design was first used on silver dollars in December 1836 and replaced the Capped Bust on dimes starting from June 30 and half dimes from July 25, 1837 Patterson s order resulted in the longest lived ob verse design on U S silver coins en during several modifications until 1891 As with the midyear change in 1807 old motifs were struck in the first part of the year to meet trade demand until the new designs were ready 1854 After James Ross Snowden became Mint Director in 1853 he turned his attention to making a thinner wider gold dollar


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