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SERIES: U.S. Colonial Issues
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1776 $1 CURRENCEY, Pewter (Regular Strike)

PCGS #:
797
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Pewter
Auction Record:
$381,875 • NGC MS63 • 11-14-2014 • Heritage
 
15
60,000
15
45
275,000
45
63
475,000
63
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 estimated grade  

Waldo Newcomer Collection (cost $750) - B. Max Mehl - "Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $400.00 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2014:3041, $381,875

2 XF45 estimated grade  

New Netherlands/Seaby's 11/1970:429 - John L. Roper Collection - Stack's 12/1983:202 - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack's 10/2003:9, $74,750

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS62 estimated grade  

Waldo Newcomer Collection (cost $750) - B. Max Mehl - "Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $400.00 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2014:3041, $381,875

2 XF45 estimated grade  

New Netherlands/Seaby's 11/1970:429 - John L. Roper Collection - Stack's 12/1983:202 - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack's 10/2003:9, $74,750

P. Scott Rubin: The 1776 Continental Dollar struck in Pewter with the word CURRENCY mis-spelled CURRENCEY is an extremely rare coin with four specimens known to exist. Eric Newman gave this die variety the designation N 4-D. The word CURRENCY was misspelled on the 1776 Continental Dollars twice: once as CURENCY and again as displayed on this variety, CURRENCEY. This die was later reworked to correct the spelling error, thus even though there are five different Newman obverse numbers for 1776 Continental Dollars only four individual dies were used to produce the series.

This variety is only known struck in Pewter and the finest example is the only known specimen known in Mint State condition.

It is interesting to note that the Continental Congress authorized paper currency for circulation on February 17, 1776 and was the only issue that included fractions of a Dollar (1/6, 1/3, 1/2 and 2/3 of a Dollar), and that the same misspelling of Currency as Currencey appears on the 1/6 Dollar. It is also interesting that for the 1776 Continental Dollar coins there is no known Continental Congress authorization for their issue.