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Copper Pattern Dollar, 1794

 

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This coin carries the first depiction of an eagle on any U.S. national coin. The bald eagle became a standard symbol of the United States after the Great Seal including it was adopted on June 20, 1782.

 

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This coin is a pattern—a sample struck for evaluation before producing the final version. The impression created on copper provided a better understanding of how the dies would perform during production.

 

 
 
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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