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    Lustrous and Well Struck EG FECIT Continental Dollar, MS62

    1776 $1 Continental Dollar, CURRENCY, Pewter, EG FECIT MS62 PCGS. Breen-1095, Crosby Pl. VIII, Newman 3-D. Engraved by Elisha Gallaudet, the inscription on the lower obverse reads: EG FECIT, which translates from Latin as "E(lisha) G(allaudet) made it." In his Encyclopedia, Walter Breen wrote: "Dies usually cracked through links. UNC survivors often prooflike." This piece certainly has the prooflike fields he mentions. In addition, the surfaces retain most of their original brilliance with just the slightest overlay of light gray patina in the fields. Also noticeably cracked through the links on the reverse, as noted in Breen. Since Continental Dollars are technically a pattern issue, it was undoubtedly thought that tin could just as easily (and more cheaply) represent what a silver striking would look like since silver bullion was so scarce in Colonial America. Minimally abraded also, because of its original, light surfaces and bright mint luster, this is one of the finest Continental Dollars we have ever seen of any variety, and it is certainly one of the best preserved EG FECIT Dollars extant.
    From the Brian Loncar Collection. (NGC ID# 2AYU, PCGS# 795)


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