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    1776 Continental Dollar, MS63
    Unique Plain Edge Pewter Variant

    1776 $1 Continental Dollar, CURENCY, Pewter, Plain Edge, Newman 1-C, Breen-1090, Hodder 1-A.3, W-8445, Unique. MS63 NGC. CAC. Die alignment: 10 degrees. 293.1 grains. 92% tin, 3% antimony, 3% lead. Ex: Hanson. This is the Breen Complete Encyclopedia plate coin, struck on a "jumbo flan" that is greater in diameter than usual, with nearly complete outer margins around the border beads. The diameter is 42 millimeters, three to four mm. greater than other pewter examples in the present offering, and four to five mm. greater than the brass examples. The edge is plain, unlike any other Continental dollar. Expectedly, the weight is greater than usual for the pewter pieces. This large diameter plain edge piece is unique.

    In the Whitman Colonial Encyclopedia, Q. David Bowers described one "on an overly large planchet." However, no mention appears there of the plain edge. This variety should be given a specific Whitman number, rather than a passing single sentence remark. The heavy crack through the tops of GI in FUGIO is now a full break from the top of the G to the left top of the I on this intermediate die state.

    Breen recorded the early provenance as Pressman, Pine Tree Auctions, Joseph P. O'Hara, with no further details. This piece appeared as lot 332 in the Promised Lands Coin Auction conducted by Pine Tree Rare Coin Auctions on April 30 and May 1, 1974:

    "Borderline Unc., considerable original brilliance, some gray tone, minor handling marks, none serious, struck on an exceptionally broad planchet so that blank areas show around full reverse border beads and (except for one small segment at right) around full obv. border beads. Plain edge. Planchet irregular as made, not round, and there is no evidence that it ever went through the Castaing machine (which imparted the twin-leaves edge found on all normal Continental Dollars). Evidently some kind of trial impression, not intended for regular circulation, as it would immediately have raised questions on the part of any recipient offered it as a regular coin. From one of the earliest die states known, showing only the very beginning of the usual break above GI, somewhat similar to the Guidebook illustration. The piece carries its own credentials, but for certainty and out of scientific curiosity it was tested about 1963 and found to be, like other Continental pewter dollars, in excess of 95% pure tin without any significant proportion of lead; its physical characteristics are obviously those of a struck coin, its die-identity certified to its genuineness. Beyond any possible doubt, unique. Ex Pressman coll."

    Ex: J. Pressman Collection; Pine Tree Auctions (4/1974), lot 332;Pine Tree Auctions (4/1975), lot 676; Joseph P. O'Hara; Collections of Russell T. Logan and Gilbert G. Steinberg; Bowers and Merena (11/2002), lot 44;Jon Hanson (1/22/2003); Donald Groves Partrick.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2AYN, PCGS# 791)

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