Julia Casey submitted these notes on an interesting discovery. Thanks!
Earliest Mention of Continental Dollar Offered for Sale
Nuremberg Merchant in 1785
I had been researching the possible German origins of the Continental dollar coins/medals and came across this mention in Cathalog des von Seufferheldischen Münz - Cabinets so zu Nürnberg zu verkaufen steht , bei Muscat u . Seufferheld. I believe this firm in Nuremberg offered a pewter Continental dollar for sale in 1785.
It is described as a
thaler of the date 1776 and further as:
America Congress-Munze von Zinn pr. 5 fl. geschlagen, mit Emblema und Namen der 13 Rebellen Provinzen. Perhaps someone can help with the translation? A basic application of Google Translate reads:
America Congress-Coin struck from Tin pr.5 fl., with Emblems and Names of the 13 Rebel Provinces. I am curious as to the significance of
Can anyone help with the translation? What do people make of this?
If I'm interpreting earlier articles correctly, the first known recorded appearance of the coins was in German in late 1783. Julia's sale reference is dated 1785, and the undated Sarah Banks advertisement in English likely dates to that period or later. Of course, there's much, much more to the story than we can touch on here.
To read the complete catalog, see:
Cathalog des von Seufferheldischen Münz-Cabinets
To read some earlier E-Sylum articles (there are many more), see:
NOTES ON THE ORIGINS OF THE CONTINENTAL DOLLAR
CONTINENTAL DOLLARS REVISITED
WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE CONTINENTAL DOLLAR?
GOLDSTEIN AND MCCARTHY ON THE CONTINENTAL DOLLAR
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