1838 P Gobrecht Dollars : Restrike - Name Omitted - Starry Reverse - Plain Edge - Die Alignment III / IV

Early Silver Dollars

Mintage: N/A
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: Christian Gobrecht
Metal Composition: 89% Silver - 11% Copper

Diameter: 39.5 mm
Mass / Weight: 26.8 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1838 Restrike Gobrecht Dollar - Die Alignment 3 - Starry Field - Name Omitted - Plain Edge
This variety is the 1838 Gobrecht Dollar Restrike with the name "C. GOBRECHT. F." omitted entirely from the coin - an eagle flying in a field of stars (starry field) on the reverse - and the Die Alignment 3 (Die Alignment III) on the reverse. The example image above features the Die Alignment 3 on the reverse of the coin as it is flipped from left to right (medal turn). This coin also features a smooth plain edge however. Note: Some sources claim that most restrikes of this year are either Die Alignment III or IV - So some restrikes may have Die Alignment IV.

There are 4 major Die Alignments for Gobrecht Dollars: (I - II - III - IV). The engravers and the Mint were having problems with the dies wearing out and so they had to periodically rotate the dies (which still resulted in problems). The reverse of the coin was oriented at different angles for different coins. Depicted below is an example image comparing the position of all of the Die Alignments. All four of these positions depicted are determined when turning the coin around from left/right (medal turn). The coin turn (flipping the coin up/down - the standard procedure for most US coins) results in completely different inverted positions. So we will use the "medal turn" for this example:

1838 Gobrecht Dollar Die Alignments and Varieties - Difference and Comparison

Some coins have the engraver's name within the base or under the base in 1836. In later years the name is completely omitted from the coin because of an outcry of the designer's name being far too prominent for a US Coin. The difference between the Gobrecht name on base vs name below base vs omitted name varieties is depicted below in the example comparison image:

1838 Gobrecht Dollar Name On Base vs Name Below Base Varieties - Difference and Comparison

There were also two varieties of the design on the reverse of the coin. One design features an eagle flying through a field of stars (starry field) while another features the eagle flying in an empty field with no stars. The difference between the starry field vs plain field Gobrecht dollar is depicted below in the example comparison image:

1838 Gobrecht Dollar Starry Reverse vs Plain Field Varieties - Difference and Comparison
Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-63)
Proof
(PR-60)
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MELT VALUE: $13.15


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