Heritage Auction Galleries and Ivy Press announced Dec. 1 the release of the 136-page book Gobrecht Dollars. It is the most thorough review to date of the existing scholarship on these controversial and much sought-after coins, according to Heritage.
“This reference book, the result of five and a half years of work, is intended for the general numismatist that is looking for a deeper understanding of these fascinating coins,” said Mark Van Winkle, editor of the tome and chief cataloger at Heritage. “It gathers together the diverse threads of the Gobrecht story without delving into the more speculative areas of die markers and their possible consequence for establishing emission sequences.”
The overriding question of emission sequences is an area that is, and has been, under investigation for some time and, it is reasoned, will eventually lead to a generally accepted striking order.
“Without a doubt this book is important to a wide range of numismatists,” said Van Winkle. “It is not, however, the last word on this fascinating series.”
Heritage says the book brings together all the best known writings on Gobrecht dollars from the past 20 years. It is based upon a series of three articles written by Jim Gray and Mike Carboneau in 1991, 2000 and 2001 and expounded upon by those two writers, along with scholarship by Van Winkle, John Dannreuther and Saul Teichman. The book brings together their most up-to-date findings about Gobrecht dollars based on the coins themselves as primary sources, rather than secondary sources (some of which date to 1860).
The book contains more than 100 color and black-and-white illustrations, and each of the 25 Gobrecht issues have been photographed in detail.
Orders for Gobrecht Dollars can be placed online at www.HA.com. It costs $75 per copy.
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