Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    First Known Appearance of the Dollar Sign in Print,
    with Earliest Known Illustration of a U.S. Coin

    Lee, Chauncey. The American Accomptant; Being a Plain, Practical and Systematic Compendium of Federal Arithmetic; in Three Parts: Designed for the Use of Schools, and Specially Calculated for the Commercial Meridian of the United States of America. Lansingburgh: Printed by William W. Wands, 1797. 12mo, original full brown calf; spine ruled in gilt; black morocco spine label, gilt. Frontispiece engraving of coins in current usage in the U.S. by A. Reed; 297, (15) pages. Moderate browning and foxing; closed tear to plate. Very good.

    This early American accounting and bookkeeping manual contains what is often believed to be the first appearance in print of the dollar sign ($). It also includes, as a frontispiece, an engraving depicting a 1795 U.S. eagle, which Eric Newman has called "the earliest known illustration of a United States coin." Also included on the engraving are the Spanish pistole, French "guinea," British guinea, and Portuguese Johannes and half moidore. Eric P. Newman did not entirely agree that the dollar sign in Lee is a predecessor of our modern dollar sign, and discusses it in his "The Dollar $ign: Its Written and Printed Origin" in America's Silver Dollars (New York: ANS, 1995). Evans 32366: "It is claimed that this work was the first to use the dollar mark, $." Howes L196 (aa): "First book to adopt the dollar sign." A scarce volume, of exceptionally high importance.
    Estimate $750.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2018
    7th-10th Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 120

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman (softcover)
    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 20 days left to consign to the 2019 April 24 - 29 Central States US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago!

    Learn about consigning with us

    The catalogs are beautifully done and are a very valuable instrument for keeping up with what is happening in the coin world.
    F.I. ,
    Twin Lake, MI
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 January 31 - February 3 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    2019 January 31 - February 3 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    REALIZED $10,950,462
    2019 January 15 - 16 World Coins Signature Internet Auction - Dallas
    2019 January 15 - 16 World Coins Signature Internet Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $2,745,520
    2019 January 10 - 14 FUN World Currency Signature Auction - Orlando
    2019 January 10 - 14 FUN World Currency Signature Auction - Orlando
    REALIZED $2,447,547