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Brasher Doubloon, 1787


Ephraim Brasher was a goldsmith and jeweler in New York. Coin collectors have long speculated about why he created this coin. It might have been a proposal for a New York state coinage: notice the “NOVA EBORACA” (New York) surrounding the central design.


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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