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The Brasher Doubloon
1787

Prototype for U.S. coins
Produced by Ephraim Brasher, a well-known New York jeweler and goldsmith and a friend of George Washington, this doubloon was a proposed prototype for U.S. gold coins in 1787. They were based on the weight standard of the Spanish-American 8-escudos coin, or doubloon. Brasher's name appears on the obverse of the coin, between the bead line and the water, and his initials are on the reverse, on the right wing of the eagle. Brasher's stamp on a coin was proof that the coin was of the proper weight.

Notes
Weight, 406.8 grains; diameter, 29.2 mm;
Weight, .4 ounces
Diameter, 1.15"
Brasher's address in 1789-90 was 5 Cherry St., New York City, next door to George Washington's residence

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· National Numismatic Collection, NMAH

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