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The 1776 Continental "Dollar"

The 1776 Continental "Dollar"

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Famous and Enigmatic Choice AU 1776 Continental Currency ‘Dollar’ Headed to Our February 2014 Americana Sale

Famous and Enigmatic Choice AU 1776 Continental Currency ‘Dollar’ Headed to Our February 2014 Americana Sale

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist and Cataloger, U.S. Coins

1776! This is easily the most famous and best-known date in American history and a date that gains significance with each passing year. Unfortunately for numismatists, there are few coins dated 1776 that actually relate to America. A scarce Machin’s Mills copper issue with the magic 1776 date (struck much later than its date implies) and the 1776-dated Spanish colonial coinage of the era that served as legal tender in the American colonies are the first pieces to spring to mind after, of course, the famous 1776 Continental Currency “dollar” or “unit.”
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