|Value||1 Continental dollar (not specified on coin)|
|Composition||Pewter, brass, or silver|
|Years of minting||1776|
|Design||"Mind Your Business", Sun, and sundial, surrounded by "Continental Currency" (misspelled on some varieties) and date|
|Design||"We Are One", 13 state chain links|
The Continental Currency dollar coin (also known as Continental dollar coin, Fugio dollar, or Franklin dollar) was the first pattern coin struck for the United States.The coins were minted in 1776 and examples were made on pewter, brass, and silver planchets.
The United States started issuing its own banknotes in 1776 after the start of the American Revolutionary War, denominated in Continental Currency. While no legislation authorizing a dollar coin has been discovered, but no resolutions from July 22, 1776 through September 26, 1778 mentioned the one-dollar banknote, suggesting that it was to have been replaced by a coin.
Benjamin Franklin designed both sides of the coin.The obverse features the sun shining on a sundial, the Latin motto "Fugio" (I flee/fly), and "Mind your business", a rebus meaning "time flies, so mind your business". The reverse features 13 chain links representing a plea for the Thirteen Colonies to remain united.
Elisha Gallaudet engraved the coin dies, according to numismatist Eric P. Newman.An estimated 6,000 coins were minted, probably in New York.
Today, about a hundred dollars survive, struck in pewter.Historians surmise that much of the original mintage was melted due to wartime demand for the alloy. Only a few silver examples are known to exist. This composition was most likely standard for circulation. However, the idea of a silver dollar might have been scrapped, as the United States had no reliable supply of silver during the war. Several brass trial strikings are also known.
As with other early United States coinage, the dies for the Continental dollar coin were hand-punched, meaning no two dies were the same. One of the known obverse varieties was accidentally made with "CURRENCY" misspelled "CURENCY".
Another variety, known as the "Ornamented Date", was also made with a misspelled "CURRENCY", this time as "CURRENCEY". The blundered die was corrected by punching a "Y" over the "E" and an ornamental figure was engraved over the original "Y".
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