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.
Silver Shilling. Struck briefly in England by Cecil Calvert before production was stopped by the English government which didn't allow the export of precious metals to the colonies. Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, was arrested in October of 1659. This is a very pleasing Large Bust shilling that is well detailed with nice dove-gray surfaces. Only 30 or so examples have been graded at PCGS in all grades.
Undated and probably of British origin. The obverse design is a USA monogram that is identical to the one used on Continental Army uniform buttons. Bar Cents are known to have circulated in New York and New Jersey. This is a high grade example with pleasing medium brown surfaces.
Plain Edge. Glossy brown luster with sharp detail.
Plain Edge. A very sharp strike with attractive glossy brown surfaces.
Extremely well struck with glossy chestnut brown surfaces. A smoother planchet than typically seen although there is a bit of roughness at the left obverse rim. The overall eye appeal is far superior to the typical survivors of this William Wood coinage.
Halfpenny. Solid detail with very attractive light chocolate surfaces.
Halfpenny, Period. Well struck and free of major abrasions with lustrous smooth reddish-brown surfaces. Outstanding for the grade.
Halfpenny. Periods. Flashy orange-red luster blends beautifully with soft glossy brown. A great looking coin for the grade!
Struck in London with anti-royalist legends that suggest they were for use in America. AUCTORI PLEBIS (By rhe 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 graded AU-58 at NGC with none grading finer.