So-Called Dollars


Designed and struck by Nicholas Veeder, Pittsburgh, PA, as model for co-metallic coins and medals in effort to show practicality of using both gold and silver in one piece. Veeder had published booklet in 1885 titled "Co-metallism: A Plan for Combining Gold and Silver in Coinage, for Uniting and Blending their Values in Paper Money and for Establishing a Composite Single Standard Dollar of Account."

Reactions at time, both to idea and pattern, were generally unfavorable; some labeled plan "a version of the Goloid dream." Dies, engraved by Herren Bros. & Co., are said to have broken on third impression.

Photos courtesy of Dave Hayes

Obv. Sun and rays on gold center insert, beaded circle around; on silver, between this and second beaded circle, Model for Cometallic Coins and Medals; within second beaded circle and beaded border, Republic of Eutopia., around; date, 1886, below, with ornament on each side.
Rev. On gold center insert, in three lines, first and last curved, second straight, Gold / 12.9/10 / Grains; within beaded circle around center and a second beaded circle, A R G E N T O R U M [letters separated] Silver / 206 1/4 Grs.,; within second beaded circle and beaded border, the 12 signs of the Zodiac.

HK-1005 Silver, 32mm, and Gold, 11mm. 33mm.