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    Jan 2014
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    Continental Currency 1776

    Hey Guys,

    This is my first post here on Treasure Net. After the passing of my grandfather I received his rather large coin collection. Out of interest I am checking to see the authenticity of most of his coins, and the Continental "Curency" coin caught my attention. I know little to nothing about this coin other than what I've quickly internet searched. If any of you have any info, I would appreciate it greatly. Thanks!

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  2. #2
    Jun 2012
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    From the "red book"

  3. #3
    Dec 2013
    Springfield, MO
    Garrett AT Gold
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    Metal Detecting
    Wow. Sorry for your loss...but congrats on your coins. Best, Bruce
    My hobby? Cleaning the trash out of parks for 15 cents an hour

  4. #4

    Jan 2014
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Wow, it appears to be valuable, do you know anything about its authenticity? I've read that this is coin is commonly reproduced. Thanks!

  5. #5

    Jan 2014
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Thank You Bruce

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    Scotland, Aye !!

    Oct 2004
    N. San Diego area (Pic of my two best 'finds'; son and grandson)
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    Research and History
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    Welcome to Treasure Net !!
    Suggest you take them to a reputable dealer for his opinion.
    To me, they look like pewter replicas; hope I'm wrong.

  7. #7
    Dec 2006
    Tejon, Cibola, T2
    631 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Unfortunately yours is one of the many souvenir replicas. Look at the grainy mushy lettering and devices, as opposed to the crisp lettering and devices on the original pictured. This is a sure sign of a cast replica.

  8. #8
    Coin in the attachments look silver to me, so hopefully they are real...good luck

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  9. #9
    Scotland, Aye !!

    Oct 2004
    N. San Diego area (Pic of my two best 'finds'; son and grandson)
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    Only two known specimens of the CURENCY coin are known to exist in silver--so I seriously doubt this is the third.
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  10. #10
    Oct 2011
    13 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    these 9.99999999999999999 times out of 10 are replicas. The design was done by Franklin if I believe correctly. A very rare coin if original.

  11. #11
    Ben from NH, the Z means nothing

    Dec 2004
    Brentwood, NH
    White's Classic SL White's Surf P.I.
    4765 times
    Looking around I noted that there were re-strikes that still have appreciable value, which may be worth looking into.
    Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

  12. #12

    Dec 2013
    Southern US
    Only budget models; Beginner, with no real experience with brand names
    7 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    When I moved from collecting U.S. Federal coins to collecting "colonial"/early American coins, in 1987, one of my first objectives was to obtain a genuine continental currency coin. I read everything I could about them and bought every replica that I could, just so that I would know the real thing when I saw it. I accumulated a whole drawer full of replicas and still pick one up every now and then - just because they are cool. I learned that replicas are almost always thicker and smaller in diameter than the real thing, that the edge device is very distinctive (twin olive leaf), that the weight and specific gravity of real ones fall within a certain range, etc.

    In 1988, I bought a "genuine" example from a national dealer whose focus was not colonials, but knew immediately when I saw it in hand that it was a replica. I sent it back. I finally bought a fairly nice real one in 1989 (Newman 3-D, "E G FECIT") from Stack's. A couple of years later, I bought a second, low grade 3-D example in a small auction, for $7. It turned out to be genuine. My points are 1.) Dealers don't always get it right, 2.) I think the best way to learn to tell the difference is to compare a few replicas to real ones in hand. Once you've seen them side-by-side, 99.99% of the replicas are easy to spot.

    Having said this, in my opinion, this example is a replica, as several have indicated. It is a match for several replicas that I own.
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