This section which we title “Colonial Coinage” includes the obvious, coins made prior to our nation’s independence, as well as coins made after 1776 but before the establishment of a U.S. Mint in Philadelphia in 1792. Washington Pieces were dated from 1783 to 1795 and are also traditionally listed as Colonial Coins although they are of English origin and in some cases struck well after their dates.
Colonial coins make up a fascinating segment of American Numismatics. They run the gambit from major rarities worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to interesting and historically significant pieces that are amazingly inexpensive.
Double-Head Cent. Military Bust. Attractive chocolate surfaces.
Pine Tree 6 Pence. Pellets at Trunk. Sharp detail from an even and well centered strike. Shifted slightly north on the obverse. The surfaces are a beautiful steel-gray with underlying luster. This is the only AU-55 graded at PCGS with just 2 finer - an MS-61 and MS-62.
Halfpenny. Strong detail with lustrous medium brown surfaces. The obverse portrait is very strong and all the reverse details, including the often weak harp, are bold.
Shilling. Short Worm. Some weakness in the center of the design as expected on this scarce issue. The surfaces are remarkably problem-free and a beautiful soft gray. The legends on both sides are clear. It's hard to imagine a more appealing Good-6!
CAC. 3 Pence. Struck by Annapolis silversmith, John Chalmers. He also made sixpence and shillings to provide much needed change for commerce to replace the Spanish 'bits' that circulated in the Maryland colony and in its early days as a state. This is a beautiful original coin with a pewter-blue patina and considerable mint luster. Very scarce with less than 20 pieces graded in all grades at PCGS. Ex: Newman.
Well detailed with exceptionally clean surfaces and nice medium brown color.
Washington & Independence. Large Bust. Rich chocolate surfaces.
Bridle. Well detailed medium brown surfaces.
Mailed Bust Left, Horned Bust. Pleasant chocolate surfaces and free of corrosion and the planchet problems that tend to plague these early 'coppers'.
States United. 4 Cinquefoils. As the first coinage produced by the authority of the United States, the historical significance of this issue can't be overstated. Glossy tan and a generous amount of original orange-red blends across lustrous surfaces. A few minor die cracks and clashes are trivial and typical. The eye appeal is fantastic. This example is highly desirable.
Half Cent. Well detailed with nice glossy surfaces.
Halfpenny. Vlack 23-88A. Thomas Machin and his partners minted these imitation British Halfpennys in Newburgh, Ulster County, NY. This is an exceptionally choice example with lustrous light chocolate brown surfaces that are wonderfully original and problem-free. The strike is much better than typically seen and the centering is perfect. None have graded finer at NGC or PCGS. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Educational Society.
Grate Halfpenny. Large Buttons, Reeded Edge. Warm brown and mint red blend nicely over lustrous surfaces. Excellent eye-appeal.