1776 $1 Continental Dollar, CURRENCY, Pewter MS62 PCGS....
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CURRENCY, Newman 2-C
Researchers now believe that the Continental dollars were struck as patterns, intended to replace lower denominations of Continental Currency. Evidence for this comes from the designs themselves, which are similar to those on the February 17, 1776 notes. Eric Newman also noted that the dollar denomination was absent from issues of Continental Currency between July 1776 and September 1778. Although most Continental dollars are struck in pewter or tin, some are struck in silver, which is presumably the intended alloy had the series lasted beyond the pattern stage. Of course, the shortage of specie was the root cause of the issuance of Continental Currency to begin with. Had Continental dollars been issued in silver in quantity, they would have soon traded at a significant premium to their equivalent in unbacked Continental Currency.
The present piece is a magnificent example of this important Continental Currency pattern. Generally pearl-gray, with slightly deeper dove-gray noted on the left reverse. Satin luster shimmers across both sides, and spots are minimal, limited to minor specks near the first R in CURRENCY, the O in CONTINENTAL, and on the reverse border near the Rhode Island ring.
The reverse is beautifully smooth, and on its own merits a higher grade. The obverse is also undisturbed, aside from two pinscratches within the inner ring that show occasional evidence of faint smoothing. Continental dollars are often encountered circulated, corroded, repaired, or damaged, and the present lustrous and bold example is certain to be the centerpiece of an important Early American holding. Encapsulated in a green label holder, and listed on page 81 of the 2009 Guide Book. (PCGS# 794)
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