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The ANS's Greatest Coins: the Brasher Doubloon


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The ANS's Greatest Coins series examines coins in the American Numismatic Society’s collection, carefully selected for their historical fame. In this episode, Dr. Jesse Kraft discusses the fabled 1787 Brasher Doubloon. The coin represents the unsteady beginnings in American currency production as it was struck under the Articles of Confederation. For New York, in particular, it represents one of several failed attempts by private individuals to receive a contract to strike coins for the state under the Articles. As a gold coin, it was the first and only that anyone struck in the first 20 years of American independence, as the U.S. Mint did not strike any until 1795. 

This video is available on the ANS YouTube channel (as of 1/2021) at

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