1781 Token North American, BN VF30BN Certification #33298448, PCGS #589

Owner's Comments

decent VF "choice - circulated - affordable"

Expert Comments

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+.

PCGS #
589
Diameter
0.00 millimeters
Weight
0.00 grams
Mintage
0
Metal
Other
Pop Higher
95
Pop Lower
94
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 AU58+ PCGS grade AU58+ PCGS grade

Don Willis Collection

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

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

AU58+ PCGS grade #1 AU58+ PCGS grade

Don Willis Collection

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

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