1781 Token North American, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: U.S. Colonial Issues

PCGS AU58+BN

PCGS AU58+BN

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PCGS AU58BN

PCGS AU58BN

PCGS AU55BN

PCGS AU55BN

PCGS #:
589
Designer:
N/A
Edge:
N/A
Diameter:
N/A
Weight:
N/A
Mintage:
N/A
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Other
Major Varieties

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Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 AU58+ PCGS grade

Don Willis Collection

2 AU58 PCGS grade
2 AU58 PCGS grade
2 AU58 PCGS grade
5 AU55 PCGS grade

Richard Picker, sold privately - Ted L. Craige Collection - Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:374, $5,581

5 AU55 PCGS grade
5 AU55 PCGS grade
5 AU55 PCGS grade
5 AU55 PCGS grade
5 AU55 PCGS grade
#1 AU58+ PCGS grade

Don Willis Collection

#2 AU58 PCGS grade
#2 AU58 PCGS grade
#2 AU58 PCGS grade
#5 AU55 PCGS grade

Richard Picker, sold privately - Ted L. Craige Collection - Stack's/Bowers 3/2013:374, $5,581

#5 AU55 PCGS grade
#5 AU55 PCGS grade
#5 AU55 PCGS grade
#5 AU55 PCGS grade
#5 AU55 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The exact source of the 1781 North American Tokens is unknown and has been attributed to Ireland because of the presence of a harp on the obverse. However, the tokens are similar to some contemporary Canadian tokens, so this is another possibility. Regardless of their source or where they circulated, the North American tokens have been accepted into the canon of U.S. "Colonial" coins. As such, there is considerable demand for them.

Most examples are softly struck and others show raised lines in the fields (especially on the reverse) caused in the preparation of the dies. Q. David Bowers believes these anomalies were intended to make the coins more commercially acceptable, but it may just be a case of poor die preparation and a weak coining press. Either way, the surfaces of the coins become increasingly important components of the grade. Full Mint State examples may not exist. The finest example certified by PCGS is a single PCGS AU58+.