Pewter 1776 Continental Dollar, W-8455

    1776 $1 Continental Dollar, CURRENCY, Pewter AU53 PCGS. CAC. Newman 2-C, W-8455, R.3.
    The pewter examples of the Continental dollar, while still elusive and quite in demand as 1776-dated American coinage, are nonetheless far more available than the few examples known struck in silver or brass, thus, for many collectors desiring a nice example, they are the only reasonable choice. From all appearances, the Continental dollars were struck in New York City in the summer of 1776, as Michael Hodder wrote when cataloging the monumental collection of John J. Ford, Jr. The pewter examples are known with CURENCY, CURRENCY, and CURRENCEY spelling variants, and there are subvarieties of those.
    The present piece is one of the pieces showing the orthographically correct CURRENCY obverse but lacks the EG FECIT below the slogan in the central obverse. fields are gunmetal-gray on this AU53 specimen, while protected areas exhibit luminous ivory-gray luster. Unlike so many examples of the Continental dollar (because of the softness of the white metal alloy), this piece has only moderate marks from circulation and handling. A perfect compromise for someone who wishes to spend somewhat less than the price of an Uncirculated specimen, but still wants a coin with the entire design clear and strong. This pieces is struck from widely rotated dies, so that the reverse is rotated about 85 degrees counterclockwise with respect to the obverse. The Continental dollar obverse was recently utilized for the reverse of the 2006-P Ben Franklin Founding Father silver dollar, part of a Mint trend to reuse old designs that began with the 1986 American Eagles and has continued with some of the First Spouse gold coins. Listed on page 85 of the 2013 Guide Book.
    Ex: Dr. Joseph M. Seventko Collection / Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 10/2001), lot 5109, which realized $15,525; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 731, which brought $32,200.
    From The Lipman Family Collection. (NGC ID# 2AYT, PCGS# 794)

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