This is one of the classics of American numismatics. Regular production of silver dollars ended in 1803 although some examples dates 1804 were minted specifically for dignitaries. Due to the thirst for coinage during the 1830’s, silver dollar production was reauthorized in 1831 but dies were not finished until 1836. Chief engraver Christian Gobrecht designed the new dollar coin and they were minted in very limited quantities. Some collectors think of these as patterns and some including the Redbook classify them as both patterns and regular issue coins.
The example offered here is considered an “original” meaning that it was part of the first batch of 1000 coins minted before the die was modified and the alignment of the dies were changed. This particular coin is a well worn Fine-12 graded by PCGS and due to its’ rarity and popularity is very desirable. The surfaces are a warm grey and given the degree of wear does not have any real detractions such as scratches or marks of any sort.