1846 Liberty Penny - Recovered in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Copper 1846 Liberty Penny, minted at Philadelphia, designed by engraver Christian Gobrecht. Obverse depicts lady liberty with braided hair, 13 starts surround her, and the date 1846 is beneath her. The obverse features "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" encompassing wreaths with "ONE CENT" in the center.
US Coin Designer and Engraver of Seated Liberty US Coins and Gobrecht Dollars
The third Chief Engraver of the US mint was Christian Gobrecht, who succeeded William Kneass and was responsible for the popular Seated Liberty design on early US coins. Gobrecht was born on December 23, 1785 in Hanover Pennsylvania. His father John C. Gobrecht came to America in 1755 from Germany. Christian grew up learning the trade of clockworks and engraving ornamental clocks as an apprentice in Manheim, Pennsylvania and later worked in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1811, Gobrecht moved to Philadelphia and joined another popular engraving bank-note firm called Murray, Draper, Fairman and Company in 1816. Earlier in 1810, he invented his own medal ruling machine and later improved it in 1817. He earned much respect through those years as an engraver and sculptor.
Inventory Number: CUR 037