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Brasher Doubloon, 1787


The “EB” punch on the wing stands for Ephraim Brasher, maker of this coin. He varied the location of his identification mark on only one of the seven known Brasher Doubloons, placing it in the center of the eagle’s breast shield.


The uneven thickness of the lettering and relief on this coin gives some clues as to how it was made. Individual punches were created to sink each character or image into the die. Punches had to be placed carefully and struck consistently to achieve something close to even letter spacing.


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