Brasher Half Doubloon, United States, 1787

Produced by Ephraim Brasher in New York City. Obverse: Sun rising over mountains; BRASHER below. Reverse: Crude eagle within continuous wreath; EB countermark on eagle's wing. Its existence apparently unknown until the beginning of the twentieth century, this unique coin was struck with the same pair of dies used to create the Brasher Doubloon.
Ephraim Brasher was a goldsmith, and his EB countermark also appeared on foreign gold coins of the day. It proclaimed that he had tested or assayed them and stood behind them.
Object Name
date made
obverse designer
Ephraim Brasher
reverse designer
Ephraim Brasher
obverse engraver
Ephraim Brasher
reverse engraver
Ephraim Brasher
Physical Description
gold (overall material)
0 (overall die axis)
0 (overall die axis measurement)
struck (overall production method)
overall: 1 mm x 2.66 cm; 1/32 in x 1 1/16 in
place made
United States: New York, New York City
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
See more items in
Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Coins, Currency and Medals
The Value of Money
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Estate of Josiah K. Lilly
Related Publication
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
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