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Pcunix, May 25, 2014 in Colonials
That's a big honkin' coin! Is the restrike from the original dies?
I've never been entirely clear on that.
This http://www.so-calleddollars.com/Events/Continental_Dollars.html would imply yes, but other coins restruck by Bashlow were made from copies of dies.
The original dies were created by Dickeson to create restrikes (other early medals were copied as well) for sale at the 1876 U.S. centennial exposition. What happened to the dies after that, I do not know. Thomas Elder next owned the dies and used them on a series of his own medals commemorating different things. I don't know where they went from Elder, but they next surface with Q. David Bowers and restrikes he had made at Pinches & Sons in England. He sold the dies to Bashlow who struck the piece pictured above. Baslow states the dies were donated to the Smithsonian, but he sometimes had transfer dies made before the donation.
More of the story can be found at:
Thanks Bill. That's really interesting info.
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