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. This impressive large copper is well struck with nice lustrous surfaces that retain a hint of faded red. Struck in 1795.
Washington Liberty and Security Penny. Plain rim, lettered edge. Smooth satiny surfaces with a tint of ice-blue dancing off rich mahogany brown surfaces. A touch of proof-like reflectivity shows. 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.
Washington 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.
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.
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. 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!
Halfpenny. No Period. Strong detail with nice olive-brown surfaces.
Copper. Struck in Dublin and circulated near the Canadian border.
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 3 graded AU-58 by NGC with none grading higher.
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.
CAC. Small Eagle Reverse Cent. Baker-16, W-10630. Remarkably well preserved with beautiful light chocolate surfaces and traces of original mint red in the protected areas of the lettering and design. The strike is very sharp and the eye appeal is superb! Tied for the finest graded at PCGS or NGC.
This beautiful near-Gem early copper token retains considerable mint red and shows vibrant mint luster on excellent problem-free surfaces.