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.
Plain Edge. Sharply struck with glossy iridescent brown surfaces and delicate lavender and rose hues.
CAC. Plain Edge. An incredible sharp and even strike; the best we've seen! On the obverse a hand holds a scroll inscribed OUR CAUSE IS JUST. This area is almost always weak but is 100% struck up on this example. The surfaces are a lustrous and very attractive chocolate brown with minimal abrasions. As you would expect; the eye appeal is exceptional!
Lettered Edge - Payable in Lancaster. A nice lustrous example that is very nearly mint state.
2 Pence. Arguably mint state with sharp detail and glossy chestnut brown surfaces that show no apparent sign of wear.
Halfpenny. Strong detail with evenly blended reddish-brown surfaces. A prominent die crack on the obverse runs from the rim at 8 o'clock through the legend and to the rim at 11 o'clock.
Halfpenny. Very well struck with beautiful glossy brown surfaces that show a trace of faded mint red.
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.
Halfpenny. No P. Well detailed from an even, centered strike.
Halfpenny. With Period. Well struck and lustrous with problem-free surfaces that retain considerable mint red.
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 only 15 pieces graded in all grades at PCGS. Ex: Newman.
Blunt Rays. Solid detail with nice color and surfaces.
Struck in London with anti-royalist legends that suggest they were for use in America. AUCTORI PLEBIS (By the authority of the people) is on the obverse with INDEP ET LIBER (Independence and Liberty) on the reverse. The obverse is very similar to the 1787 Connecticut coppers. This near mint state example has nice medium brown surfaces and the usual dramatic reverse die breaks extending from either side of the seated Liberty's head. One of 2 grade AU-58 at NGC with none grading finer.
CAC. STATES UNITED. 4 Cinquefoils. As the first coinage issued by the authority of the United States, its historical significance can't be overstated. Orange-red luster blends well with an even medium brown. A couple of die cracks and light clashing add to the visual allure. Highly desirable.
Half Cent. Bold detail with problem-free chestnut brown surfaces.
Thick Planchet, Plain Edge. Issued as a commemorative for the founding of the Mott Company located at 240 Water Street in NYC. Struck after the date on the coin, after 1807 and possibly as late as the 1830's.
Rich lustrous surfaces that exhibit vibrant copper-red blending with soft light-brown. Outstanding for the grade with minimal marks and a sharp strike.