part of a direct-mail fundraising campaign, Cato Institute —
"a public policy research organization dedicated to the
principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and
peace," according to the institute — has distributed replica 1776
Continental Currency dollars in pewter to potential contributors.
Guégan, Cato Institute's director of development communications, said
the replicas are also being randomly distributed through its website
to those who subscribe to the think tank's free email newsletters.
designs for the genuine Continental
Currency dollars, which are considered patterns, were
contributed by Benjamin Franklin. Guégan said the Continental Currency
dollar was selected for replication since the pattern's inscriptions
reflect the think tank's ideals.
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said a total of 40,000 of the 33-millimeter pewter replicas were
produced by Amagi Metals in Denver, with 34,500 of the
replicas sent out accompanying eight-page solicitation letters.
Depending on the success of the fundraising effort, more of the pewter
replicas will likely be produced, Guégan said.
the replicas looked too shiny after striking, the
struck pieces were subsequently tumbled with steel media to weather
and age their appearance, Guégan said.
1776 Continental Currency dollars, which were struck in silver, brass
and tin as well as pewter, with some examples bearing the misspelled
CURENCY or CURRENCEY, are 40 millimeters in diameter with a twin leaf
ornamented edge. Cato Institute's pewter replicas have a plain edge
instead of the ornamental edge of the genuine coins.
to conform to the requirements of the Hobby Protection Act, the word COPY is stamped
incuse on the lower right hand side of the replica's reverse, within
the link representing the Colony of Delaware.