Italian jewelry designer Bulgari created patriotic pieces using rare American coins. The bold necklace pictured – circa 1970 – showcases the 1776 pewter Continental Dollar, which was originally designed by Benjamin Franklin. This historic coin was the first one to be minted when the 13 colonies were incorporated. Nicola Bulgari, one of the founder Sotirio Bulgari’s grandsons, was fascinated and collected ancient coins throughout his life. As a tribute to the launch of the New York boutique in 1972, he created an exclusive collection of these elaborate and rare necklaces….