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.
Liberty and Security Penny. Plain rim, lettered edge. Smooth satiny surfaces with a tint of ice-blue dancing off rich mahogany brown surfaces that show a touch of proof-like reflectivity. Minted in England in 1795. Super quality!
CAC. Washington Liberty & Security Penny. Well struck with lustrous surfaces that are golden-brown and accented with iridescent powder-blue and faint orange-red. Far finer than typically seen with very clean surfaces.
Success Medal. Large Size, Plain Edge, Silvered. These were struck in copper or brass and then "silvered". Pieces with original silver, like this , are rare and the amount of intact silvering on this example is exceptional. This is the most frequently seen variety, Baker-265A, with a prominent obverse die crack starting at the rim at 11 o'clock, thru Washington's nose, and back to the rim at 3 o'clock.
Success Medal. Large Size, Reeded Edge. An attractive example of this scarce Redbook listed Washington piece. The reverse legend reads SUCCESS TO THE UNITED STATES.
LONDON, Thick. Well detailed with pleasing brown problem-free surfaces.
Well detailed and well centered with beautiful smooth olive-brown surfaces that show a touch of iridescent red in the protected areas of the design
Halfpenny. With Period. Considerable mint red in the protected areas mixed with lustrous iridescent lavender-brown. This beauty is well struck and is void of significant abrasions. Very nice!
New Haven Restrike. Well struck and very pleasing with considerable faded red blending with glossy olive-brown.
Mailed Bust Right. Well detailed with pleasing color and surfaces. A massive die break on the obverse at 7 o'clock adds real character.
CAC. Cent. Period after MASSACHUSETTS. An even strong strike with very pleasing problem-free surfaces.