1836 Gobrecht Silver Dollar. Name on Base. Judd-60 Original, Pollock-65. Rarity-1. Dannreuther Reverse Die State a. Silver. Plain Edge. Die Alignment I. Proof-30 (PCGS).This warmly and originally toned Gobrecht dollar retains plenty of sharp striking detail in the recessed areas of Libertys portrait and the eagles plumage. The appearance is quite smooth overall, and very nice for a circulated survivor of this scarce and eagerly sought type. The 1836 Name on Base is the first United States silver dollar issued for circulation since 1804, and it is also the initial issue in the brief, beautiful and challenging Gobrecht series. Mint records indicate that 1,000 examples of this type were struck for circulation in December 1836, all in Proof format. Survivors are attributed as Die Alignment I, II or IV. Recent research by Craig Sholley, John W. Dannreuther and Saul Teichman has confirmed that all three die alignments are part of this 1,000-piece mintage. The reason for the different die alignments is that the Mint was having difficulty striking these large coins, the first silver dollars it produced in quantity in 32 years. Either Mint personnel did not properly design the planchet feeder fingers for coins of this denomination, or they used feeder fingers originally intended for half dollar production. In either case the fingers kept slamming into the reverse die during striking, forcing Mint employees to rotate the dies and adjust the feed mechanism in an effort to trouble shoot the problem. This tinkering explains the three known die alignments, as well as tiny nicks progressing around the border of the reverse die. An early striking in Die Alignment I, the present example is likely one of the first Name on Base Gobrecht dollars struck. As with many 1836 Gobrecht dollars, this piece acquired wear from circulation after having been distributed into commerce through banking channels. Its survival is likely due to a sharp-eyed bank teller or collector who, during the later decades of the 19th century, recognized the rarity and desirability of silver dollars of this design type and set the coin aside as numismatically significant. It is sure to appeal to advanced type collectors and specialists in Liberty Seated coinage.