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OLD MONEY – 1792 HALF DISME


The 1792 half disme (pronounced deem, which later evolved into the modern pronunciation of dime as we know it)) was an American silver coin with a face value of five cents. Throughout the broad range of U.S. coinage from 1792 to the present day, this issue is arguably the most significant of any that has ever been struck. Although still … Continue reading


OLD MONEY – 1776 CONTINENTAL $


This is not a regular issue coin but, rather, a proposed or speculative issue. Varieties were minted in silver, pewter and brass and sometimes the word CURRENCY was spelled “CURENCY.” It also lacked the designers initials (represented on some coins as “EG FECIT,” which is believed to signify that the design was by Elisha Gallaudet).

It is probable that these … Continue reading


OLD MONEY – PIECES OF EIGHT


Minted in the rich colonies of Mexico and Peru since the 1500’s and transported by the famed fleets of Spanish galleons at great risk from pirates, hurricanes, and treacherous waters, the Spanish milled dollar was by far the most commonly circulated coin in the American colonies. It was so widely accepted that when the United States of America was established, … Continue reading


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