1776 $1 CURRENCY, Pewter (Regular Strike)

Series: U.S. Colonial Issues

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS #:
794
Designer:
N/A
Edge:
N/A
Diameter:
N/A
Weight:
N/A
Mintage:
N/A
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Other
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Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade

Col. James W. Ellsworth - John Work Garrett - Johns Hopkins University - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1980:1492 - Heritage 7/2009:1004, $230,000 - Heritage 8/2012:5005, $223,250

2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 estimated grade

Stack's 6/2008:2001, $264,500 - Heritage 1/2015:4005, $188,000

7 MS63 PCGS grade  
	MS63 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 6/2011:230, $115,000

7 MS63 PCGS estimated grade

George H. Earle, Jr. Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912:2133 - Hillyer Ryder Collection - F.C.C. Boyd Collection - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack's 10/2003:5, $51,750 - Goldbergs 2/2005:792 (as PCGS MS63 21752700), $92,000 - Heritage 7/2009:1008, $126,500

7 MS63 PCGS grade
7 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 estimated grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade

Col. James W. Ellsworth - John Work Garrett - Johns Hopkins University - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1980:1492 - Heritage 7/2009:1004, $230,000 - Heritage 8/2012:5005, $223,250

#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 PCGS grade
#2 MS64 estimated grade

Stack's 6/2008:2001, $264,500 - Heritage 1/2015:4005, $188,000

 
	MS63 PCGS grade 
#7 MS63 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 6/2011:230, $115,000

#7 MS63 PCGS estimated grade

George H. Earle, Jr. Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1912:2133 - Hillyer Ryder Collection - F.C.C. Boyd Collection - John J. Ford, Jr. Collection - Stack's 10/2003:5, $51,750 - Goldbergs 2/2005:792 (as PCGS MS63 21752700), $92,000 - Heritage 7/2009:1008, $126,500

#7 MS63 PCGS grade
#7 MS63 PCGS grade
P. Scott Rubin: The 1776 Continental “Dollar” with the word CURRENCY spelled properly is known as Newman 2-C. This scarce issue was struck in Pewter; no specimens are currently known of this die combination struck in Silver or Brass (as are some of the other Newman die varieties). While no known authorization for the Continental “Dollars” is known, it is believed that they were made for the Continental Congress to be used as circulating currency, much as the similar paper currency. In fact, the fractional denominations of the paper currency dated February 17th, 1776 used the same designs as on these 1776 Continental “Dollars”.

This issue differs from the other 1776 Continental Dollars in the following ways:

First, this issue was struck after the CURENCY variety.

Second, two other 1776 Continental “Dollars” were issued with the correct spelling of CURRENCY, however in each case an element was added to the obverse design which gives them their own unique identifier. In one case the engravers initials are displayed; in the other case an ornament was added to hide an engraving error.

Finally, one other obverse die shows the word CURRENCY misspelled as CURRENCEY.

Many of the surviving examples of the 1776 Pewter Continental Currency issue are known in excellent condition. It is possible that as many as twenty or more examples of this coin are known in Mint State.