Click to enlargeJ76B/P89A

This pattern from Gobrecht's seated Liberty design was struck from the die with Liberty raised on the shield. This is Judd's so-called curved date variety. This is an original 1838 striking as, to my knowledge, there were no restrikes known of any variety made from this obverse die. This pattern may also represent the only original use of this reverse die as well.

Only 2 examples are known as follow:

1) Smithsonian, illustrated above courtesy of Tom Mulvaney and the National Numismatic Collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Click on the thumbnail image to see an enlargement. This has been misdescribed in Pollock and the first 8 editions of Judd as being the plain edged J76C/P89B. This coin was either struck on a reeded edge planchet in a plain edge collar or else the edge was filed as shown in the image below courtesy of Dave Camire.

Note: J76C/P89B should be delisted in the future.

2) Mickley (1867), Colonel Cohen (1875), Heman Ely (1884), H.P. Smith (1906), Clapp family, Eliasberg, B/M 5/96, Superior 9/99, Superior 1/04, southern collection, Simpson-Heritage 2/21 - PCGS63, illustrated below courtesy of Superior.

Restrikes in silver and copper with either plain or reeded edges, J76a-J78/P82-P85, were made circa 1869 or in the 1870s from the rusted state of the reverse die muled with the regular 1838 obverse die having Liberty incused on the shield. This is Judd's so-called straight date variety.

To see both obverse dies side by side, click here.