Barb writes: I was wondering if anyone could help me in pricing a Pewter or silver Continental curency (sic) from 1776? How can I tell it it’s real or not and what may it be worth?
I assumed you spelled the word “curency” with one “r” to show me which type you have. All are valuable. The single “r” coins come in Pewter, brass and Silver with the latter extremely valuable (one in the 1980 Garrett Sale brought around $95,000). There are struck copies that were made as souvenirs for the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Other copies exist including some promotional pieces struck as recently as 1961. The U.S. Congress passed a law, years ago, requiring the word “copy” or “replica” on coin reproductions. The lack of these words doesn’t guaranty its authenticity. I suggest sending the coin to PCGS or NGC for evaluation.