1776 $1 CURENCY, Pewter MS (PCGS# 791)
Auctioneer: Ira & Larry Goldberg
Lot Number: 472
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Very popular coin. Nice details for the grade. Grey toning. This is a pleasing, original and uncleaned example with exemplary outer design including full date and legend, but the centers are not quite fully struck, with a region of weakness found on the sundial. However, the reverse central legend is suitably clear. Struck in pewter, which has a dullish dove-gray patina when toned, although we find traces of original silvery luster within the letters. These little sparkling effects can be made out in the photographs and point to the relative lack of wear on the piece.<BR><BR>These are sometimes referred to as Continental "Dollars" although there is no explicit denomination on the coin. Some students of numismatic arcana point to its size as being close to the proposed measure for the one-cent piece of the period (the 1792 Birch cents being an example). Whatever its true origin, the Continental Currency pieces are great rarities and a clear link to our nation's founding (PCGS # 794) </B>. <BR>Estimated Value $17,000 - 18,000.