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Pewter Continental Dollar, 1776


The spelling of "Currency" marks a variety in this pewter coin. Other varieties are spelled "Curency" and "Currencey."


The combination of the Latin verb "FUGIO" ("I fly"), the sundial, and the phrase "MIND YOUR BUSINESS" conveys the message that we must mind our business because time is flying. This design is attributed to Ben Franklin, whose Poor Richard's Almanac - a collection of proverbs, stories and self-improvement advice - was second only to the Bible in popularity in British colonial America.


The vast majority of these coins were struck in pewter, but a few specimens were made in brass and fewer still in silver. All are rare and have been frequently imitated for collectors.


Legendary Firsts The following objects are in this section.
Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling, "1652" (struck 1667-1674)First United States Silver Dollar, 1794Great Britain, Sovereign, 1838
Massachusetts, "twenty shillings," 1690Brasher Doubloon, 1787United States, 5 Dollars, 1838
Pewter Continental Dollar, 1776United States, 20 Dollars, 1854United States, 10 Dollars, 1838
Copper Pattern Dollar, 1794Portrait Medal of James Smithson, 1817 
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