When I walk into a bank where I am known as a roll searcher and I
see one of the tellers smiling hugely while trying to get my
attention, I immediately know that something good is about to happen!
Recently, as I approached the toothy teller’s window, three rolls
of large-sized dollar coins were placed in front of me to exchange for cash.
I must tell you that the very first thing that ran through my head
is that, “I really love this bank!” Next, my thoughts turned to
getting home and searching through the rolls. Finally, I fantasized
about finding some long ago hidden Morgan or Peace dollars as that has
happened several times before. In any case, I was at the very least,
going to have a great deal of fun looking through a nice pile of big coins!
As I looked through the first roll of Eisenhower dollars, I
discovered a nice mix of date and Mint mark combinations but found
nothing to write about in this column. It was in the second roll
searched that I saw an unusual and very surprising piece.
At first glance, the design resembles one of the known varieties
of a 1776 Continental dollar, with the obverse featuring the words
continental curency (the second word incorrectly spelled, a famous
variation found on genuine examples) encircling a sundial with the
fugio legend and mind your business appearing in the center.
The reverse shows 13 linked rings representing the Colonies and
the legends we are one and american congress.
The designs used are based upon designs found on an early emission
(Feb. 17, 1776) of Continental Congress fractional currency which were
designed by Benjamin Franklin.
So, is this thing real or is it not?
Well, the fact is that I immediately recognized this piece as a
copy of a copy.
Barely visible and to the right of the g in fugio are the remnants
of the word copy that seem to have been partially removed from the
host piece that was likely used to make a mold that was later used to
cast this fake.
The other dead giveaway that this piece is a poorly made copy of a
copy is that, visible between the t and a of continental, is evidence
of a hole that has been plugged prior to the making of the mold that
ultimately resulted in this piece being created.
Although this copy of a fake is less than authentic, it was still
fun to find one of these in a roll of coins obtained at a local bank!
Please share your finds with me by going to askaboutcoins.com and
clicking on the Submit Question button.
Bill O’Rourke is a collector who has spent the past several years
searching coin rolls in
pursuit of his hobby.