||1776 $1 Continental Dollar, CURRENCY, Pewter MS64 NGC. CAC. Newman 2-C, Breen-1092, W-8455, R.3. 248.4 grains, 91% tin, 5% lead, 2% antimony per NGC metallurgical tests. The obverse of this piece is plated in Eric P. Newman's 1952 reference on the Continental dollars. This is the second obverse die of the Continental dollars, with the CURRENCY spelling, combined with the third modification of the first reverse die. In his 1952 study, Newman recorded obverse dies 1 and 2, and reverse dies A, B, and C for the first group of Continental dollars. Obverse dies 1 and 2 are clearly different, while reverses A, B, and C are significant modifications of a single physical die. Newman variety 1-A is only known in brass, 1-B is known in brass and pewter, 1-C is known in pewter and silver, and 2-C is known in pewter. The second group of Continental dollars consists of varieties 3-D, 4-D, and 5-D. Obverse 4 and 5 are significant modifications of a single die. Newman 3-D is known in pewter and silver, while 4-D and 5-D are known only in pewter. The collector who seeks a single Continental dollar may choose pewter examples of 1-C, 2-C, or 3-D as the usual varieties encountered. Other collectors might seek single examples in each of the three compositions, pewter, brass, and silver. Others may wish to include examples of 1-B, 1-C, 2-C, 3-D, and either 4-D or 5-D to provide a comprehensive collection. The collector who seeks a long-term or lifetime challenge may want to attempt a complete collection of all the different varieties, ignoring composition changes. The collection of seven different varieties has never been completed, to the best of our knowledge, even though six of the seven varieties are offered in the present sale! This outstanding Continental dollar has brilliant surfaces, mostly white, with light grayish-gold toning. A few scattered marks are inconsequential. This piece has 330 degree die alignment with the top of the reverse at 11 o'clock in relation to the top of the obverse. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $199750.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.