Continental Currency "Dollar" Medal, "EG Fecit" Variety
Origin: Britain, London (possibly)
Gift of the Lasser family
Acc. No. 2003-94
Obv. - Sun at 10:00 shining on a sundial within a dentiled border. CONTINENTAL CURRENCY 1776 around edge, FUGIO (I fly) and EG FECIT within the ring surrounding sundial, and MIND YOUR BUSINESS in exergue below sundial.
Rev. - Endless chain of 13 links within a beaded border. Each link of the chain inscribed with the name of one of the original 13 colonies. In center, AMERICAn. CONGRESS within a radiant circle with WE ARE ONE in e lines within the inner space.
Edge - Milled
Label:Recent scholarship has shown that the so-called "Continental Dollars" of 1776 are not circulating, Revolutionary American coins. Produced around 1783, possibly in London, these pieces are inexpensive commemorative medals which carry designs borrowed from the February 17, 1776 fractional bills issued by the Continental Congress. At the time, the pewter examples sold for sixpence a piece.
At least one variety was produced by an unidentified maker with the initials "EG," as was this example.
Breen #1095, Newman 3-D
Provenance:Heritage (5-31-03, lot 5063)