1776 $1 CURENCY, Pewter MS (PCGS# 791)

Pre-Long Beach

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    Ira & Larry Goldberg
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Lot Description
A well struck beauty! On an excellent planchet and loaded with mint luster. A very choice Brilliant Uncirculated specimen, light pewter-grey mellowing here and there. We note one perfectly round toning spot in the vacant field above the sun dial as the only blemish worthy of mention.<BR><BR>Such a splendid example of the issue deserves more than passing mention since the coin is boldly lustrous. Attractive silver gray surfaces display pewter gray accents. Generous amounts of luster are contained on both sides, especially within the recessed areas of the design such as the shading lines on the inner rim of the links on the reverse. Sharply struck in all areas with clear facial details on the radiant sun on the obverse. All of the reverse lettering and design are equally sharp, similarly crisp. Problem free and evidently lovingly cared for in the more than two centuries since its striking. In the date, the 1 is marginally smaller than the C in CONTINENTAL immediately to the left of the numeral. It, along with the other three digits, is italicized while the remaining legend is in normal letters. The date numerals become larger through to the 6 which is the largest of all the numerals; "largest" being merely a concept as the italicized 6 is barely taller than the Y at the end of CURRENCY that comes immediately after the date.<BR><BR>The design on both sides is based on sketches by Benjamin Franklin, and first used on the paper Continental Currency notes of February 17, 1776 and on the Fugio Cents of 1787. A Stack's researcher, in describing the design a few years ago, put it nicely: "A radiant sun face illuminates a sundial at center, with the legend FUGIO (translated as 'I Fly,' referring to the flight of time) between two solid circles, and the legend MIND YOUR BUSINESS below sundial, goading the viewer to not waste time in one's daily affairs. The legend CONTINENTAL CURRENCY 1776 is at outer obverse circumference. The reverse is composed of motifs and legends that a
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