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1795 1/2 P N WALES, BN

1998 June Long Beach Sale #187

 
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Auction Ended On: Jun 4, 1998
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Location: Long Beach, CA
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Unsurpassable MS 65 Continental Dollar
1776 Continental Dollar MS 65 PCGS. CURENCY. Breen-1089. Although it is commonly believed these coins were struck in pewter, they were actually made of tin. (Pewter is alloyed with a small amount of lead.) The several varieties of Continental dollars that are known are all patterns, struck in anticipation of the arrival of a quantity of silver from France that never materialized. All that is left today of these early plans for coinage are these patterns. Struck in Philadelphia and designed by Elisha Gallaudet, much of the design motifs were undoubtedly inspired by Benjamin Franklin.
The surfaces of this coin are as fine as we can imagine for the type. Usually heavily worn, this piece is pristine and the tin composition is still mostly bright-gray with no evidence of tinpest on either side. A prominent die crack extends from above the O to above the A in CONTINENTAL--this being the closest we can come to locating a surface flaw on this magnificent coin. For the collector who must possess the very best, we offer this unparalleled opportunity to acquire what is undoubtedly the finest known Continental dollar. (PCGS# 776)

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